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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 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


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @AdamSmithTimes

  1. Bush calls for compromise on Medicaid

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush was known more as a my-way-or-the-highway governor than a compromiser, but campaigning in New Hampshire last week he called on Florida and federal leaders to hammer out a deal to overcome a stalemate over funding hospital care and expanding Medicaid.

    "The feds and the executive branch and representatives from the (Florida) House and Senate ought to get together and try to forge a compromise," he said, while campaigning in Concord on Thursday....

  2. Hillary Clinton staying away from Fla, but her supporters get rolling


    From Alex Leary and me:

    Florida Democrats are ready for Hillary, even if Hillary Clinton is not yet ready for them....The Clinton team is in no rush to start organizing and campaigning in America's biggest swing state, even though Barack Obama's re-election campaign started at this point four years ago. But Clinton supporters are aggressively raising money and nearly unanimous that she can win the state even if Republicans nominate Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio....

  3. Hillary Clinton staying away from Florida for now, but supporters get rolling

    State Roundup

    Florida Democrats are ready for Hillary, even if Hillary Clinton is not yet ready for them.

    "In my 35 years in politics I've never seen anything like it. Every day my email box is filled, people asking, 'How do I get involved, how do I help?' " said Alan Clendenin of Tampa, vice chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and leader of Florida's "Ready for Hillary" committee, which has spent more than a year raising money and signing up volunteers....

    Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15 in Norwalk, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  4. Fla poll: Marco Rubio catches Jeb Bush in Fla


    A newly released Mason-Dixon Florida poll shows Marco Rubio no lags Jeb Bush among Republican voters in Florida and that his approval ratings are stronger than the former governor's. Here's the full analysis by pollster Brad Coker:

    In the wake of his formal announcement as a candidate for president, Senator Marco Rubio has leveled the playing field in Florida with former governor Jeb Bush. Statewide, 31% of registered Republican voters now say they would vote for Rubio and 30% would back Bush....

  5. Adam C. Smith: Come on Jeb, end the farce and declare your campaign for president

    State Roundup

    Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton have done it. Now it's time — past time, really — for Jeb Bush to come clean on what everybody already knows.

    Admit it, Gov. Bush, you are running for president. To do otherwise is dishonest.

    Bush made the decision four months ago to announce he would "actively explore the possibility of running for president," thereby kicking the 2016 presidential contest into gear far earlier than anyone expected. ...

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking Tuesday in Ohio, has been careful to avoid saying he is running for president. For a video report, go to 
  6. Jeb Bush's noncampaign campaign honesty problem



    Former Gov. Jeb Bush delivers a speech during the annual meeting of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
  7. U.S. Rep. David Jolly considering a run for U.S. Senate

    State Roundup

    Thirteen months after winning a Pinellas County congressional seat widely expected to go Democratic, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, is taking a serious look at running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Marco Rubio.

    Jolly, 42, told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that he is in no rush to make a decision, even as Republicans across Florida start scrambling to assess their prospects after Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's surprise announcement Saturday that he would not run. On Friday, Jolly had been talking about endorsing Atwater for Senate, and days before that he was preoccupied with proposing to his girlfriend, Laura Donahoe....

    Rep. David Jolly says a top priority is planning his wedding.
  8. David Jolly considering U.S. Senate run - but not quickly


    Thirteen months after winning a Pinellas County Congressional seat widely expected to go Democratic, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, is taking a serious look at running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Marco Rubio. But Jolly, 42, told the Tampa Bay Times he is in no rush to make a decision even as Republicans across Florida are scrambling to assess their own shot winning a rare open senate seat....

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, is taking a serious look at running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Marco Rubio.
  9. Rick Scott hosting presidential cattle call in Fla


    Gov. Rick Scott is hosting an "Economic Growth Summit in Orlando June 2, and has commitments from several leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination to speak about the vision for economic growth. Candidates who have confirmed they will attend:

    Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.

  10. In hometown of Bush and Rubio, Obamacare is huge


    Dan Gelber notes that among the 1.6-million Floridians who have signed up for Obamacare, Miami-Dade leads the state with 400,000 sign ups for the program demonized by Miami residents Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.


    Interestingly, both men had jobs before they were seeking this one. When Jeb was Governor of Florida (and Marco the Speaker of the Florida House) they addressed health care and had opportunities to promote their solutions....

  11. Fla GOP celebrates Rubio's candidacy


    The Republican Party of Florida welcomed Marco Rubio's presidential announcement today, with a nod to the torn loyalties many party activists feel between Rubio and Jeb Bush. We will refrain (sort of) from highlighting how the Republican Party of Florida is snubbing the presidential prospects of Floridians Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee.

    “The Republican Party of Florida is excited and welcomes the first of possibly two ‘All-Star’ Florida sons to announce a bid for President of the United States of America. While the RPOF will maintain neutrality through the primary, we will continue working hard to build the team and create the infrastructure necessary to deliver our 29 electoral votes to our Republican nominee, regardless of who he or she may be. The RPOF proudly welcomes Senator Marco Rubio to the race for President of the United States.”...

  12. Rubio: I've done more immigration than Hillary ever did


    Newly announced presidential candidate Marco Rubio spoke Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. Excepts from NPR News:

     On his plan to run for president in 2016, Rubio says: "Clearly, as you see the history of the presidency, people that go into that office grow, the office helps you grow as well as you go through it and that's, having the ability to learn is a big part of the office as well. But I'm certainly capable from day one. I'm very confident that I have the capability from day number one to lead this country."...

  13. Adam C. Smith: 4 things Marco Rubio needs to become president in 2016

    State Roundup

    What do you call a charismatic, young, first-term senator running for president?

    No, not Barack Obama. Call him Marco Rubio. And don't call him a long shot, because he's not.

    As Florida's junior senator made his candidacy official Monday, a lot of state Republican Party activists are convinced his campaign is less about winning the White House in 2016 than it is about building his stature and political network to land a lucrative Fox News gig and/or run for governor in 2018....

    Sen. Rubio waves to supporters after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]
  14. Bob Graham pursues Saudi ties to Sept. 11 attacks


    The New York Times looks at former Sen. Bob Graham's ongoing effort to shine a light on potential ties between Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks. From the story:

    ...Mr. Graham, 78, a two-term governor of Florida and three-term senator who left Capitol Hill in 2005, says he will not relent in his efforts to force the government to make public a secret section of a congressional review he helped write — one that, by many accounts, implicates Saudi citizens in helping the hijackers....

  15. Florida House Speaker Blaise Ingoglia?


    We're a little late to this internal squirmish within Florida House GOP, but chatter that Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia could replace Orlando state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle as Speaker-to-be in 2020, has ticked off a bunch of folks.

    Here's the letter former Florida GOP Chairman sent to Ingoglia Saturday:...