Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

The Washington Post has called Political Editor Adam Smith Florida's top political writer, and the Columbia Journalism Review one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and has three children and a rescue mutt.

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, turns in a personal check for $1,200 to the Office of Open Government. The fee paid to fulfill her public records request for all correspondence relating to Florida Governor Rick Scott's office and the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. 14 people died at the facility as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Trump sends Junior to stump for DeSantis, Gaetz

Donald Trump is coming to Florida to campaign for two of his biggest cable news cheerleaders, Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.Unfortunately for them, itís not the big guy. Itís Donald Trump Jr.In late June,...
Updated one month ago
Dominic Girard, 3, from New Port Richey, Fla., plays on in the surf while a large crowd holds hands along the water for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday on Indian Rocks Beach. 
This is an annual event held globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable, clean energy solutions. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Hundreds hold hands against offshore drilling on gulf beaches

CLEARWATER ó A couple of hundred beach lovers, including assorted local and federal elected officials, clasped hands on Clearwater Beach Saturday to draw a line in the sand against offshore drilling."As long as Iím around thereís not going to...
Updated one month ago
Gov. Rick Scott is running for the U.S. Senate, which he made official at an event in Orlando. [Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS]

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott:Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governorís periodic and brief question and answer sessions. He almost never says...
Updated: 2 months ago
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Parkland, Fla., school shootings and school safety, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) DCJM109

Democratic PAC targets Scottís Senate chances

Updated: 2 months ago
The Pod Save America podcasters, from left, Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor were all Obama White House veterans. They now help the hugely popular podcast that riffs on politics and the media. 
Photo courtesy Crooked Media

Pod Save Americaís Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor talk about how Trump fueled their podcast and live show

Donald Trump has been a gift to much of the media world he maligns. TV ratings for Trump critics including Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee have soared. Circulation and online clicks at newspapers including the...
Updated: 3 months ago
Gun buyers look through a selection of AR-15 rifles at the In Guns We Trust LLC booth during the Tampa Gun Show on Feb. 24 at the State Fairgrounds. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)

Why the AR-15 has millions of fans: Itís simple, light and menacing

DOVER ó Polls show at least 6 in 10 Americans want to ban guns like the AR-15 used to kill 17 people in six minutes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Owners of those semi-automatic rifles say thatís because so many Americans donít...
Updated: 4 months ago
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Tallahassee. (Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP) FLPET102

The Buzz: Democratic candidates take aim at Scott

Itís increasingly clear that if and when Gov. Rick Scott finally revs the engine on his campaign for U.S. Senate, he will face attacks not just from Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson but also from countless other Democrats up and down the ballot in...
Updated: 5 months ago
Banners along South Adams Street welcome Florida Lawmakers back to Tallahassee in 2017 for the annual 60-day session. The Capitol can be seen in the background. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Florida Insiders assess the #MeToo, post-Jack Latvala era in Tallahassee

Infidelity. Snooping private investigators. Big money. Conflicting political ambitions. Sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement. Donald Trump. Paranoia. And the interests of 20 million Floridians.With these issues looming over Floridaís 2018...
Updated: 6 months ago
FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   DeSantis announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018,  heâ\u0088\u009A¢â\u0080\u009A\u0082 \u0308â\u0080\u009A\u0084¢ll join a crowded field seeking to succeed Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who leaves office in early 2019 to term limits. DeSantisâ\u0088\u009A¢â\u0080\u009A\u0082 \u0308â\u0080\u009A\u0084¢ entry comes after President Donald Trump tweeted last month that DeSantis is

Key unanswered questions about Ron DeSantis

Donald Trumpís favorite candidate for Florida governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, finally made his candidacy official on Friday. With super-wealthy backers, an ideal bio that includes military service and Ivy League schools, and an arch-conservative...
Updated: 5 months ago
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]

The Buzz: Florida's political winners and losers of the year

Heading into the mother of all Florida election years, it’s time to bid 2017 goodbye with our year-end list winners and losers in Florida politics.
Updated: 6 months ago