Adam C. Smith, Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

Political Editor

I've never wanted to be anything except be a reporter, other than a rock star or astronaut. As political editor I focus on state and national politics and am extraordinarily lucky to live and work in Tampa Bay, the biggest battleground region of America's biggest and most interesting battleground state, I have two daughters, a son, and a rescue mutt. I grew up in New York City and graduated from a Kenyon College, a liberal arts school that had no journalism class but plenty of Plato and Aristotle. I am a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I drink way too much coffee, and I always want to hear news tips and/or story ideas.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Personal injury lawyer John Morgan speaks to guests of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa on April 21, 2017.  (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)
Winner of the weekJohn Morgan. In Ron DeSantis, Mr. For the Pot and People finally has an ally in the governor's office who supports his fight for...

Marijuana produces strange bedfellows in John Morgan, Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, John Morgan, left, and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, right, during a press conference to pressure state legislators and give them a mid March deadline to repeal a law that prohibits smokable forms of medical marijuana at Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park on Thursday. (Photo by Willie J. Allen Jr.)
It was striking to see the mega-rich personal injury lawyer standing beside the conservative new governor Thursday.

Smith: Ron Desantis channels Alexander Hamilton with his bold, energetic start

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes a statement on holding government officials accountable in Fort Lauderdale at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex Courtyard on Jan. 11, after he names former Coral Springs police Sgt. Gregory Tony to replace Scott Israel  as Broward County sheriff. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
Florida’s new governor is making news left and right.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Rick Scott, right, attends the inauguration of his successor, Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, before he let early. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
Winner of the weekGov. Ron DeSantis.  Can anyone remember a Florida governor starting off with a better, more consequential first week in...

Smith: Gov. DeSantis, stand your ground. Rescind all those lame-duck appointments by Rick Scott.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd Tuesday in front of Florida's Old Capitol during his inauguration. (SCOTT KEELER  |   Times)
If he likes some, feel free to reappoint those.