The State of Sunshine started in June 2006 as a place in the blogosphere dedicated to politics in Florida, among other things. It focuses on state-level politics, and political happenings in the Tampa Bay area. Occasionally, it may delve into national-level politics — although there are a plethora of blogs that discuss national issues.
The approach is “center-right” — which is to say that those who post here are Republican, but not so hardcore that they can’t see good in other parties or bad ideas from the GOP.
Jim Johnson, Publisher
Jim Johnson, the editor and publisher of The State of Sunshine, has more than a decade of political experience, starting as Student Body President at the University of South Florida. He has worked for five members of the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 through 2004, and managed several campaigns through 2006. in 2002, he ran unsuccessfuly for State Representative in Tampa.
After leaving the legislature, Jim worked for a software development company in Tampa as a project manager then as Director of Public Strategies for a full-service advertising agency, where he handles public relations strategies for clients across the country.
Currently, Jim is working for Intelladon, an e-learning solutions provider, as Manager of Learning Technology Services. Intelladon Corporation, founded in 2001, is a provider and integrator of an array of learning and talent management solutions, combining best-in-class performance and learning management systems, tools and content from multiple providers.
When not working, he is also an ameteur thespian, acting with groups such as Carrollwood Players, Tampa’s oldest community theater. His roles include Senator Gabby Sandalson in The Senator Wore Pantyhose, Dr. Cornelius Fartwhislte in Monkey Soup and Juror #10 in 12 Angry Men. Jim is also a member of the Board of Directors for Carrollwood Players, where he serves as Publicity Chair.
To contact Jim send an email to jim [at] stateofsunshine [dot] com.
The State of Sunshine will not be a place for gossip or insider notes; rather, it will be a commentary on the current happenings in Tampa Bay, Tallahassee, and the rest of the Sunshine State. Feel free to suggest a topic or request more information about something you read here.
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