Launching Truthshine

Truthshine is committed to dismantling white supremacy by challenging racist histories and the policies they sustain.  We seek to highlight the truth about the black stories of our communities, and create a reckoning with persistent inequalities in education, healthcare, justice, employment and opportunities of every kind. Watch our launch video and learn more here.

Florida This Week

Florida This Week is West Central Florida’s longest-running primetime public affairs program. Moderator Rob Lorei leads a diverse roundtable of journalists, academics, officials, and other political insiders for lively talk. In this episode, the Parkland massacre was one year ago and the battle to end gun violence continues. One multi-millionaire mayoral candidate criticizes another multi-millionaire for … More Florida This Week

A New Equilibrium

How communities work- Communities, large and small in America, are governed by the natural tendency toward disorganization. It is governmental structures, administrative processes and social/cultural norms that are the bonds that tie civilization together. Therefore society, systems and organizations require equilibrium to survive. Equilibrium should not be confused with equality. It is about balance within … More A New Equilibrium

Florida This Week

Florida This Week is West Central Florida’s longest-running primetime public affairs program. Moderator Rob Lorei leads a diverse roundtable of journalists, academics, officials, and other political insiders for lively talk. In this episode, a federal judge orders the state to reform the way it restores voting rights to ex-felons, massive protests against gun violence take … More Florida This Week

Florida This Week

Florida This Week is West Central Florida’s longest-running primetime public affairs program. Moderator Rob Lorei leads a diverse roundtable of journalists, academics, officials, and other political insiders for lively talk. In this episode, local school systems are struggling to figure out how to pay for the armed officers required by Tallahassee. The deadly collapse of … More Florida This Week

Be Humble

Why Tampa Bay is not on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist None of the Tampa Bay executives I interviewed last year thought Tampa Bay would make it into the Amazon main event and most of them thought the entire state of Florida was a long shot.  What was certain to follow the HQ2 announcement was a … More Be Humble

In Memoriam-Gene Smith

Obituary from the Tampa Bay Times.  January 9, 2018 The man they called the ninth council member around St. Petersburg City Hall leaves colorful memories unlikely to face term limits. Gene Smith, 68, was found dead in his apartment at 430 5th St Monday morning, according to police. The death is still officially under investigation, … More In Memoriam-Gene Smith