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. Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

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    Winner of the week

    Marco Rubio. The staunch hawkishness of Florida's Republican U.S. senator and likely 2016 presidential candidate no longer looks out of step with public opinion amid the high-profile terrorism of ISIS. Rubio has stepped up his attacks on President Barack Obama's foreign policy while another leading 2016 Republican contender — Rand Paul — lately has back-stepped on his isolationism....

  2. David Straz has yet to take stage for Charlie Crist campaign

    State Roundup

    Back in April, the Charlie Crist campaign summoned Tampa Bay area reporters to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to hear "important news" from Crist. Reporters and local dignitaries and Democratic activists turned out, and eventually Crist strolled up accompanied by David Straz, the investor and philanthropist, who endorsed Crist and vowed to "support him in a big way."...

  3. Did Charlie Crist tick off a major donor over Cuba?

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    The Charlie Crist campaign back in April summoned Tampa Bay reporters to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to hear "important news" from Crist. Reporters and local dignitaries and Democratic activists turned out, and eventually Crist strolled up accompanied by David Straz, one of Tampa Bay's leading businessmen and philanthropists, who endorsed Crist and vowed "to support him in a big way."...

  4. Political Connections Sun: State Rep says GOP legislators could work w Gov. Crist

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    State Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey, appears Sunday on Political Connections on Bay News 9, talking about the prospects for Medicaid expansion in the legislature, the hot button issues in her bellwether state house district formerly represented by Republican Mike Fasano, and whether Charlie Crist can get anything done if elected governor.

    Political Connections airs every Sunday on Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. Here's a clip...

  5. Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

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    Winner of the week

    Bill Clinton. His stumping for Charlie Crist in Miami on Friday served as a reminder that there probably is no more popular national Democrat in Florida and no other figure that every Florida Democrat would love to campaign alongside. Sorry, President Barack Obama.

    Loser of the week

    Steve Southerland. A fundraising invite advising people to "leave the misses at home"? Hey congressman Southerland, the 19th century called. It can use your helping tamping down that pesky new suffrage movement....

  6. Pam Bondi says opposition to gay marriage not personal vendetta

    State Roundup

    Just because Attorney General Pam Bondi has aggressively fought in court against opponents of Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, don't assume it has anything to do with her own views.

    "I have many, many gay friends," the Tampa Republican said in a Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. She noted that she took pictures during the baptism of a gay friend's adopted daughter....

  7. Mason-Dixon Florida Poll: Rick Scott 43%, Charlie Crist 41%

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    A newly released Mason-Dixon poll conducted on behalf of Telemundo (hosting the first gubernatorial debate Oct. 10) and Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association (hosting a debate Oct. 15) shows Gov. Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist 43 percent to 41 percent, within the magin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wylie receives 4 percent.

    The survey of 625 likely voters was conducted Sept. 2-4, and Mason-Dixon cautioned that its sample reflects current voter registration in Florida (41 percent Democrat, 37 percent Republican, 21 percent other), and "does not assume a higher or lower turnout by either political party." Considering the Republican turnout is consistently at least 4 percentage points higher than Democrats in off-year elections, it's reasonable to assume Scott would have a higher lead if the sample reflected the likely voter turnout....

  8. New GOP anti-Charlie Crist ad forgets when he was governor

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    The Republican Party of Florida for reasons we can't understand has decided not to release anything about many of their TV ads on behalf of Charlie Crist,or even announce new ads. Here's the latest that's running in every market except Miami. The spot focuses on how the economy cratered after Charlie Crist became governor in 2006, though he actually did not become governor until 2007. "The only job Charlie Crist cares about is his own," says the narrator, suggesting Crist is running because he needs a job....

  9. Jeb raising big money for/chits from senate candidates

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    The Wall Street Journal today takes a look at the signs that Jeb Bush is or is not likely to run for president. Here's a sign of him gearing up:

    ...Mr. Bush is slated to headline a Sept. 23 event in Tampa that organizers hope will raise as much as $1 million for GOP Senate candidates Cory Gardner in Colorado, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Monica Wehby in Oregon, Tom Cotton in Arkansas and Dan Sullivan in Alaska. A Bush aide said the goal was $500,000.
    The host committee of more than three dozen people is expected to form the backbone of a finance committee should Mr. Bush run for president. Chairmen include John Rood, a real-estate developer and the former ambassador to the Bahamas; Al Hoffman, a real-estate developer and former Republican National Committee finance chairman; and John Kirtley, a school-choice proponent and the co-founder of the KLH Capital investment firm.
    "I think of it as a fan club and a team that would be ready to work on behalf of his presidential campaign if he decides to run," said Jorge Arrizurieta, a longtime supporter of Mr. Bush and his family. "If the event is successful, that will be helpful to him as a potential presidential candidate, but the objective is to make sure Republicans are successful in the current election cycle." ......

  10. Charlie Crist: Blame Rick Scott for your insurance bill

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    Amid all the murky charges and countercharges Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are hurling at each other on TV, Crist is intent on informing voters about something clear and undisputable:

    The property insurance industry much prefers Scott in the governor's office over Crist, and Floridians paid lower property insurance bills when Crist was governor.

    "The choice could not be more clear," Crist said in a telephone press conference Thursday. "A governor who took on the insurance industry and lowered rates so families had more in their checking accounts and at the end of the month? Or a governor who let insurance companies raise rates — over 25 percent so the companies and his campaign have more in the bank?"...

  11. Crist: Insurance rates are out of control due to Scott

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    Amid all the murky charges and countercharges Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are hurling at each other on TV, Crist is intent on informing voters about something clear and undisputable:

    The property insurance industry much prefers Scott in the governor's office over Crist, and Floridians paid lower property insurance bills when Crist was governor.

    "The choice could not be more clear," Crist said in a telephone press conference Thursday. "A governor who took on the insurance industry and lowered rates so families had more in their checking accounts and at the end of the month? Or a governor who let insurance companies raise rates — over 25 percent so the companies and his campaign have more in the bank?"...

  12. Steve Southerland hold men-only fundraiser

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    From BuzzFeed:

    Back in March, organizers held a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Steve Southerland described as a meeting with Southerland and a “small group of concerned men,” according to an invite obtained by BuzzFeed.

    The invite goes on to say that attendees should “tell the misses not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth & the issues to discuss are many.”...

  13. Fla GOP exec dir vs Fla Dem exec dir

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    We checked out a Q&A session today with the executive directors of the Florida Republican and Democratic parties, Juston Johnson and Scott Arceneaux, at a Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) conference in Tampa. Quick takeways:

    **One word. Johnson swears that the GOP's focus groups consistently show the most common word that comes to mind when asked about Rick Scott is "Jobs." For Charlie Crist it's "Tan."...

  14. Times/BayNews9/Graham Center poll: Rick Scott 41%, Charlie Crist 36%

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    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices.

    Scott received support from 40.9 percent of those surveyed, Crist drew 35.7 percent and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie 6.3 percent. When asked to choose between only Scott and Crist, Scott's lead grew to 6 points over Crist, 43.7 percent to 37.6 percent....

  15. Times poll: Florida voters remain skeptical about Obamacare

    State Roundup

    Florida voters may overwhelmingly support Charlie Crist's view that the minimum wage should increase, but they also share Gov. Rick Scott's deep skepticism about the Affordable Care Act.

    A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll found 37.3 percent of likely Florida voters would like Obamacare repealed entirely, and another 20.9 percent would like "major changes" in the health care law....