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Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

Political editor since 2001, Adam Smith was named the best political writer in Florida by washingtonpost.com and one of the country's Top 10 political reporters by the Columbia Journalism Review. He focuses on state and national politics.

Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. He appears most Sundays on Political Connections on Bay News 9, is a primary contributor to The Buzz political blog. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and basset hound.

Phone: (727) 893-8241

Email: asmith@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @AdamSmithTimes

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  1. Biden has strong Florida ties, but few see plausible path to presidency

    State Roundup

    Few national Democratic figures have more longtime friends in Florida than Joe Biden, who returns to the Sunshine State today amid growing chatter that he could enter and upend the presidential race.

    The vice president's visit to South Florida — to discuss the Iran deal with Jewish residents, speak at Miami Dade College, and raise money for Democratic U.S. Senate campaigns — is his first high-profile trip since the prospect of him challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination ceased to seem far-fetched. Reporters and Biden friends alike will be watching for signals about his level of interest....

    Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15 with the House Democratic Caucus at the request of House Minority Leader Pelosi to talk about the Iran Nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  2. Jeb opening Fla HQ in Tampa next week

    Blog

    William March reports:

    Jeb Bush will open his Florida headquarters for his presidential campaign in Tampa next week, according to an invitation circulating among Republicans for a grand opening Sept. 10, featuring an appearance by Jeb Bush Jr.

    The event will be a 4:30 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m., at the headquarters at 5460 Beaumont Center Blvd., an office park at the intersection of Hillsborough Avenue and Eisenhower Boulevard....

  3. Jack Latvala: How dare anyone question my GOP loyalty

    Blog

    State Sen. Joe Negron may have declared victory in his campaign for Florida Senate president, but that message failed to reach more than 400 people turned out to a luncheon fundraiser in St. Petersburg for state Sen. Jack Latvala, who is still campaigning for the job. And with Negron supporters spreading the word that Latvala could even strike a deal with Democrats to win the post, the Pinellas Republican noted that he has been working to elect Republicans for 46 years....

  4. Meet the Dems eyeing Fla Attorney General office

    Blog

    You've no doubt heard some of the prospective Democatic candidates for governor in 2018 - Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine - are all in the mix to take on Republican prospects that include Adam Putnam, Jeff Atwater, Will Weatherford, Marco Rubio.

    But there also are several significant Democratic names bubbling up for the attorney general's race in 2018: Former prosecutor and state Sen. Rod Smith, who ran unsuccessfully for governor, in 2006, is seriously looking at it. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, an attorney and another of Democratic former stand out in the Florida House, also is interested in the job as he faces term limits in Fort Lauderdale....

  5. Joan Jett and the Wall Streeters pony up for Wall Street-bashing Alan Grayson

    Blog

    We can't decide which is more interesting: That the great Joan Jett co-hosted a fundraiser for Alan "Don't Give a Damn 'Bout my Bad Reputation' Grayson in New York last week, or that the Aug. 27 reception was also co-hosted by three Wall Streeters on the same day Grayson sent a fundraising email boasting that "Wall Street bankers hate me."

    At least three of the listed co-hosts - Avery Byrd, Lawrence Hui, and Mary Namorato - are in the investment business. Grayson, himself a hedge fund operator, has been hammering Democratic U.S. Senate rival patrick Murphy for receiving money from Wall Street, especially Goldman Sachs....

    Alan Grayson NYC invite
  6. Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

    Blog

    Winner of the week

    Rick Scott. A new Quinnipiac poll found 45 percent of Florida voters approve of his performance and 44 percent disapprove. Those are his best numbers since taking office. In today's polarized political environment 45 is the new 55.

    Loser of the week

    Jeb Bush. With the Bush campaign pressing reset yet again (here and here), his poll numbers falling and not rising, and the candidate exciting almost nobody outside of the GOP establishment,  a worrisome perception of the former governor is setting in: He calls himself the race's "joyful tortoise" but he's starting to look like a weaker version of Mitt Romney....

  7. Florida's Republicans get to know candidates running for Sen. Marco Rubio's seat

    State Roundup

    A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that about 9 in 10 Florida voters do not know enough about the four Republicans running to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate to have an opinion of them. And probably more than a few people in that poll exaggerated their awareness of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, defense contractor Todd Wilcox, and U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis....

    Todd Wilcox, a combat veteran, is the wildcard in the race.
  8. The late Tom Slade's unvarnished view of Jeb Bush

    Blog

    From our story about Jeb Bush's style of governing:

    ,,,Darryl Paulson, professor emeritus of government at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, called Bush a "highly successful" governor who was more likely to get his way through strong-arming than persuading Republicans and Democrats to find common ground....

  9. Sizing up the Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Tampa

    Blog

    A Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday found that about nine in 10 Florida voters did not know enough about the four Republicans running to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate to have an opinion of them. And probably more than a few people in that poll exaggerated their awareness of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, defense contractor Todd Wilcox, and U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis so they could sound better informed....

  10. Jeb Bush, the consensus-builder gov?

    Blog

    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    "I don't assume it's my way or the highway," Florida's former governor recently told a woman who asked at the Iowa State Fair how his style differs from Donald Trump's....

  11. Jeb Bush touts consensus-builder style, but many point to discordant Florida record

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    "I don't assume it's my way or the highway," Florida's former governor recently told a woman who asked at the Iowa State Fair how his style differs from Donald Trump's.

    Jeb Bush, consensus-builder? That's not the leadership style most people remember from his eight years as governor....

    Now: As a Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush speaks to supporters during a VFW town hall campaign stop Aug. 25 in Englewood, Colo. Bush says he is committed to “reach out.”
  12. In which Trump trashes Jeb to Crisafulli and Weatherford suggests Trump inflates his golf score

    Blog

    A great read with lots of Florda tidbits in the Washington Post about the long-shaky Bush-Trump relationship:

    Donald Trump spent a day in January 2014 hobnobbing with politicians at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The billionaire mogul touted legalizing gambling with state Rep. Steve Crisafulli, speaker of the Florida House, and two other wired Florida Republicans, plugging his properties as potential sites for casinos....

  13. "Shadow redistricting" operatives fire back

    Blog

    Some of the GOP operatives/activists swept up in the legal battles over the legislature's redistricting process, are firing back. Stafford Jones, Matt Mitchell, and Pat Bainter have formed the Conservative Coalition for Free Speech and Association committee to overturn the "Fair Districts" constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters and stand up for what they call fundamental First Amendment rights. Here's their site....

  14. Nancy Argenziano's take on the presidential field

    Blog

    We caught up with former Republican Public Service Commissioner and state Sen. Nancy Argenziano, the Citrus County populist who was never shy about criticizing Florida's utility companies and her own party leaders if she thought they were hurting consumers. And ....well...let's just say she hasn't made much progress in mastering the art of soft-spoken diplomacy.

    "If you don't agree with Jeb on something you're sh** out of luck. If you don't agree with him on something, there is no making it better. It's my way or hit the highway," said Argenziano when asked about Bush's constant talk on the campaign trail about his record of forging consensus and finding common ground with people who might disagree....

    Argenziano
  15. Fla GOP hosts training sessions to win in '16

    Blog

    About 500 Florida Republican party leaders and activists are set to gather in Tampa this weekend for the state GOP's summer quarterly meeting. Aside from the normal party business that gets conducted at these affairs, attendees will participate in a series a training sessions to help them deliver Florida's 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee and they will hear from the major candidates running for the U.S. Senate nomination....