For People Whose Business is Politics

Brian Burgess Profile PicBrian Burgess, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Inspired by the unstoppable migration of news consumers away from print media to digital and mobile news consumption, Brian saw the need for a one-stop solution that delivers all relevant political news stories – including legacy and new media – into a single source. The result is The Capitolist, a hybrid concept of comprehensive news aggregation and original content, packaged in both a cutting-edge website and a sleek mobile app that is available for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.

Brian also owns Right Hook Consulting, a media communications consulting firm, helping clients get the right message in front of decision makers, opinion leaders, elected officials, their staff, and the voters who put them in office.  He has more than a decade of communications experience guiding CEO’s, high-ranking government officials, law enforcement, non-profit groups and political candidates through some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced.

To reach Brian, you can call or text him at (850) 273-2770, or email him here.

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 2.51.51 PMAnn Howard, Media Director & Contributor

Ann brings with her more than 18 years of experience from being an award-winning TV news reporter and anchor, to managing media coverage of high-profile cases from Florida, like the Tiger Woods crash and Casey Anthony’s probation stint, to running her own media and marketing firm.

Ann graduated from Virginia Tech, where she studied TV Broadcast News with a minor in Political Science.

She moved to Tallahassee for a job with WCTV as a news reporter and anchor. After that, she worked for the Leon County School system, the state of Florida, and owned her own firm while producing two TV shows that air in Tallahassee.

Ann is responsible for The Capitolist’s social media efforts as well as writing and covering political and policy news across the state. If you’d like to contact Ann, you can reach her at (850) 212-5009 or email her here.


John Lucas, Reporter

John spent three decades working as a broadcast journalist, including 16 years as a reporter covering state government for the Florida News Network and the Associated Press.

Following Hurricane Katrina, he spent several weeks in Washington, D.C., developing and coordinating a special Gulf Coast video feed for the AP that provided storm aftermath and recovery video to television stations in areas along the Gulf Coast that were impacted by Katrina.

A West Virginia native, John graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He moved to Florida in 1984, when he became part of the news staff at WTXL-TV, the Tallahassee ABC affiliate.

Among some of his most memorable stories he covered were the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle launch following the Challenger disaster, and the 1988 Republican National Convention. As a news anchor at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, John lived and covered the horror that shrouded that town as five college students were found murdered in their apartments in the early 1990’s. It was a murder spree that would send Danny Rolling to the electric chair.

Following his days as a broadcast journalist, John worked in the communication offices of the Attorney General and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

To reach John, you can call him at (850) 559-2479 or email him here.

Sarah Rumpf, Editor-at-Large

Also known by her Twitter handle, @rumpfshaker, Sarah Rumpf has been shaking up the political scene since she started her own blog, “Sunshine State Sarah,” in 2010.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Sarah is a proud “double Gator,” earning both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She has advised a wide variety of local, state, and federal campaigns, as well as political party organizations, PACs, nonprofits, and businesses, on election and campaign finance law, communication strategies, social media, public relations, and grassroots outreach.

In addition to her consulting work, Sarah is a contributor at RedState and her writing has been featured on a long list of websites including National Review, The Daily Beast, Independent Journal Review, Heat Street, Texas Monthly, Orlando Political Observer, Breitbart, and Legal Insurrection, as well as op-eds published by the Orlando Sentinel and the Austin-American Statesman.

Sarah currently lives in Tallahassee and is an original member of The Capitolist team who helped launch the site in 2016.