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Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

The Washington Post calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the Columbia Journalism Review has called him 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 when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog.

Phone: (727) 893-8241


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @AdamSmithTimes

  1. Democrats distressed about Hillary Clinton's ground game in Florida

    State Roundup

    It's time for Hillary Clinton to start worrying about her Florida campaign.

    Despite roughly 500 full-time staffers spread across the state to help Clinton win forever-close Florida, party leaders and activists are fretting about the campaign's ground game. Even Clinton staffers in other states are quietly buzzing about the Florida campaign struggling to meet its goals for voter registration and other outreach benchmarks....

    Bobby Bowden, a volunteer with the Vote for Hillary Clinton campaign, makes phone calls to voters at the campaign’s Ybor City office Thursday in Tampa. Florida polls show a dead-even race.
  2. Democrats fret over Hillary Clinton ground game in Florida


    It’s time for Hillary Clinton to start worrying about her Florida campaign. 

    Despite roughly 500 full time campaign staffers spread across Florida to help Clinton win forever close Florida, party leaders and activists across the state are fretting about the campaign’s ground game. Even Clinton campaign staffers in other states are quietly buzzing about the Florida campaign struggling to meet its goals for voter registration and other outreach benchmarks....

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Thursday.
  3. Florida poll: Clinton 45%, Trump 43%. Johnson 3%


    The Democratic firm Public Policy Polling is out with new battleground state robo polls, including one in Florida showing Hillary Clintin edging Donald Trump 48 percent to 45 percent in a two-way race and in a four-way race 45 percent for Clinton, 43 percent for Trump, 3 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 1 percent for Green Jill Stein.

    Florida voters polled thought Clinton Monday's debate, 52 percent to 38 percent....

  4. Your watercooler recap of the first presidential debate


    The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump was Monday night at the Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. It was moderated by Lester Holt of NBC News. Here's your watercooler recap:

    Hillary Clinton, 68, former secretary of state, former U.S. senator, former first lady of the United States....

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP) NYDB527
  5. Video: Tim Kaine speaks with Tampa Bay Times


    Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times Monday called birtherism a "bigoted lie" and that Donald Trump still has to be made to answer for his embrace of it for several years. Following his rally in Lakeland, he spoke about the Clinton-Kaine ticket and young voters, his connections to Florida, and offshore drilling....

  6. Jill Stein barnstorming Florida this week


    Green Party nominee Jill Stein hasn't made much of a showing in most Florida presidential polls, but she will make a big Sunshine State swing this week, hitting Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando and Miami Wednesday through Friday. You can RSVP here.

    The schedule:

    Tampa on Wednesday

    September 28, 2016 at 6:30pm – 9pm
    The Cuban Club 
    2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba 
    Ybor City, FL 33605...

    Jill Stein
  7. Tim Kaine campaigns in Lakeland, says Donald Trump must answer for 'bigoted lie' (w/video)

    State Roundup

    LAKELAND — Donald Trump may have officially dropped his questioning of President Barack Obama's citizenship and legitimacy as president, but Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says the Republican still must answer for that "bigoted lie."

    In an exclusive interview with the Tampa Bay Times following a rally in Lakeland on Monday, the Virginia senator said that the years Trump spent pushing the birther conspiracy raise serious questions about his fitness for office....

    Tim Kaine, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate, speaks during an organizing event at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  8. Susannah Randolph revving up group to beat Donald Trump in Florida


    Democratic activist and former Orlando-area congressional candidate Susannah Randolph has launched Floridians Against 
    Trump, a grassroot group aiming to help beat Donald Trump in Florida. The group intends to use social media and grassroots events to educate and mobilize voters.

    “As a swing state, Florida is poised to be play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the presidential election. Our state also has the dubious distinction of being one that has suffered the ill effects of Donald Trump’s predatory capitalism,” said Randolph. “While Donald Trump’s wallet got fat, hard-working Floridians have been the ones stuck footing 
    the bill.”...  is selling these bumper stickers
  9. Demeanor, truth, specifics are key things to watch in the first presidential debate

    State Roundup

    Donald Trump, let's face it, is the true star of the first presidential debate. Love him or hate him, we can't avert our eyes from the showman, especially on an occasion like tonight's faceoff. It could be a turning point in this bizarre, dispiriting and very close presidential election, and because of Trump, we know anything can happen.

    Here are four things to watch:

    1 Trump's demeanor...

    The first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump takes place tonight at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
  10. Here are the Florida Chamber's legislative endorsements


    “We believe these candidates will put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term fixes and will help ensure our state remains competitive,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the staunchly Republican-leaning Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to support these candidates that we believe will help create jobs and economic opportunity in our state.”...

  11. Florida poll: Trump up 1, Rubio up 9


    Suffolk University, the pollster (we will never stop reminding you) who a month before Barack Obama won Florida and Virginia, stopped polling those states because concluded they were in the bag for Mitt Romney, has a new Florida poll showing Donald Trump with 45 percent support, Hillary Clinton with 44, Gary Johnson at 3 percent at Jill Stein at 1.

    In the Senate race, Marco Rubio leads Patrick Murphy 43 to 34, and the medical marijuana ballot initiative has 67 percent support....

  12. Video: St. Pete family attests to Hillary Clinton's record helping families


    With Hillary Clinton campaigning in Orlando Wednesday, her campaign has released a video featuring  Pinellas resident Anna Wilson and her daughter Amie and their struggle to find a public school to accommodate Amie's special needs. At the Children's Defense Fund, Clinton worked to find evidence that helped pass a law ensuring all children with disabilities had access to school....

    Pinellas family appears in new Hillary Clinton video
  13. Cleveland RNC Convention still owes money but Buckeye businesses more generous to convention than Florida's


    Interesting nugget from the Center for Responsive Politics, looking at the fundraising of this year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland compared to 2012 in Tampa. Only one individual gave at least $1-million to the Cleveland RNC, compared to six for Tampa's in 2012....

  14. Why Jeb Bush should endorse Hillary Clinton


    The lovely and talented Brian Crowley makes a provocative argument that will probably really annoy our former governor:

    ...Sitting on the sidelines since quitting his own presidential bid, (Jeb) Bush seems to be content essentially telling voters – you picked a lunatic over me, live with it....

  15. Donald Trump shifts Florida Headquarters to Orlando


    One of the first moves by Donald Trump's new top Florida campaign honcho Susie Willes has been to move the Donald Trump state headquarters from Sarasota to a Orlando, which is a bit more centrally located (albeit not for state co-chairman Joe Gruters of Sarasota).  The Sarasota office had been the only Trump campaign office throughout the summer, but now the campaign counts 27 offices, which includes existing County GOP and/or RNC-funded offices....