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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. Marco Rubio drew strong student reviews, but skimped on job requirements as FIU professor

    State Roundup

    Marco Rubio has brushed off criticism about missing U.S. Senate votes to run for president and careless use of state GOP credit cards and political committees when he was a Florida legislative leader.

    But even in an often overlooked part of Rubio's professional life — academia — public records show a familiar pattern for the presidential contender: basic expectations for the job unmet or ignored, dubious accountability and oversight, and job opportunities that would be highly unlikely for anyone without his political stature....

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, shown here during a campaign stop last weekend in Des Moines,was paid for teaching at Florida International University from 2009 until April. [GETTY IMAGES]

  2. Video: Carlos Lopez-Cantera wants to bust his *** for you


    Republican U.S. Senate candidate has a new online video produced from his appearance at the state GOP's Sunshine Summit.

  3. Where's the enthusiasm for Charlie Crist's campaign?


    Let's stipulate that Charlie Crist is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination in Pinellas County's and therefore the U.S. House seat that is Pinellas County's redrawn and overwhelmingly Democratic Congressional district 13. Given Crist's universal name recognition and lifetime of political relationships, we're not even entirely convinced his Democratic opponent,  Eric Lynn, will still be running by the time the qualiying period ends on June 24....

  4. Winners and loser of the week in Fla politics


    Winners of the week

    State Rep. Dave Kerner. The NRA rarely loses in the Florida Legislature, and Democratic House members rarely block the will of Republicans on the NRA's side. But Kerner, a Lake Worth Democrat, managed to shut down an NRA-backed "stand your ground" bill making it harder to prosecute people who claim they used a firearm in self-defense. Scott Arceneaux. The Florida Democratic Party's executive director, on leave from the state party to help the Democratic Governornors Association in his native Louisiana, helped John Bel Edwards beat David Vitter in Louisiana's governor's race Saturday, a big, and rare, Democratic win in the deep south. Never mind that he had to travel 400 miles to help win a governor's race....

  5. Survey shows there are governors less liked than Scott

    State Roundup

    The Buzz has good news and bad news for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

    The good news? He is a heck of a lot more popular among Floridians than Gov. Sam Brownback is among Kansas voters. According to a months-long nationwide survey of more than 76,000 voters in all 50 states about their governors by Morning Consult, 44 percent approve of Rick Scott's job performance and 47 percent disapprove.

    This is positively fabulous when compared to Brownback's numbers — only 26 percent of Kansas voters approve of his job performance and 65 percent disapprove. No governor is more unpopular than Brownback, who ran for president in 2007 and seriously looked at running again in this cycle....

    Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks at a news conference, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Henderson, Nev. Carson called for Congress to cut off funding for resettlement of Syrian immigrants in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Locher) NVJL103
  6. Let's Get to Work? Rick Scott is eighth least popular governor in America


    The Buzz has good news and bad news for Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning.

    The good news? He is a heck of a lot more popular among Floridians than Gov. Sam Brownback is among Kansas voters. According a months-long nationwide survey of more than 76,000 voters in all 50 states about their governors by Morning Consult, 44 percent approve of Rick Scott's job performance and 47 percent disapprove....

  7. Ben Carson backpedals from 'much ado about nothing' remark about Terri Schiavo case

    State Roundup

    Dr. Ben Carson is trying to walk back recent comments in Florida in which he called the Terri Schiavo controversy "much ado about nothing" and appeared to disagree with efforts by then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Congress and then-President George W. Bush to bypass a court ruling to keep the Pinellas County woman alive.

    But Schiavo's brother said he and other family members remain "deeply troubled" by what the renowned neurosurgeon, leading presidential candidate and favorite of social conservative voters said about Schiavo. She died in 2005 after years of legal and political battles, and 15 years after slipping into a coma that doctors later called a persistent vegetative state....

    The scene during a vigil outside the Woodside Hospice Villas on Oct. 15, 2003. [AP photo]
  8. Donald Trump heading to Sarasota


    Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Sarasota - the likely base of Trump's statewide campaign headquarters - on Saturday, Nov. 28.

    The rally is scheduled to begin at noon at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds , 3000 Ringling Blvd. More information here....

  9. Terri Schiavo's brother says backpedaling Ben Carson's Terri Schiavo statements deeply troubling


    Dr. Ben Carson this week tried to walk back his comments at Florida's Sunshine Summit Saturday about the Terri Schiavo case.being "much ado about nothing." But Schiavo's brother says he and other family members remain "deeply troubled" by what the renowned neurosurgeon and favorite of social conservative voters says about the Pinellas Park woman who died in 2005 after Gov. Jeb Bush, the Florida legislature, Congress, and President George W. Bush fell short in their efforts to bypass the courts to keep her alive....

    The scene during a vigil outside the Woodside Hospice Villas on Oct. 15, 2003
  10. Bernie Sanders campaign organizing in Fla


    The Bernie Sanders campaign's national campaign coordinator, Corbin Trent, is scheduled to attend a series of organizational meetings in Florida with local supporters Dec. 1 - 6. The meetings include Miami on Dec. 1, Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 2, West Palk Beach on Dec. 3, Orlando Dec. 4, Tampa Dec. 5, and Jacksonville Dec. 6.

    Assuming he is still in the race by Florida's March 15 presidential primary - and just losing the Iowa caucuses in early February could doom his candidacy - Sanders supporters have their work cut out for them in the Sunshine State. The last two polls of Florida Democrats showed Hillary Clinton leading the Vermont senator by more than 40 percentage points....

  11. Poll: Patrick Murphy beats Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Senate, Alan Grayson doesn't


    A new poll by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative includes only a partial look at Florida's U.S. Senate race because it did not include Republican candidates David Jolly or Todd Wilcox. But it does bolster the view that Democrat Patrick Murphy is a stronger general election candidate than Democrat Alan Grayson. And it suggests Ron DeSantis would be a stronger general election candidate than Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera....

  12. Fla poll: Trump 36%, Rubio 18%, Carson 15%, Cruz 10%, Bush 9%


    A newly released poll of likely Florida Republican primary voters by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative shows Donald Trump with a two-to-one advantage over everybody else and former Gov. Jeb Bush in fifth place, behind Ted Cruz. 

    “Despite conjecture that Donald Trump has plateaued, his support in Florida remains very strong and could be growing,” said Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at FAU and a research fellow of the Initiative.  ...

    Presidential candidates Donald Trump (L) speaks while Ben Carson looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. A new poll shows Donald Trump with a two-to-one advantage over everybody else and former Gov. Jeb Bush in fifth place.
  13. Hillary Clinton names more than 150 Democrats to her Florida campaign team


    The Hillary Clinton campaigns rolled out its "Florida Leadership Council," which is basically a list of virtually every promeinent Democratic politician and a host of activists. The campaign said the Leadership Council includes more than 150 Floridians and "serves as the in-state leadership for the campaign, amplifying the campaign’s national voice to Florida families aiding the campaign with rapid response, organization building, grassroots organizing events, recruiting volunteer leaders, and identifying leaders for Get Out The Vote activities."...

  14. Winner and losers of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week - Blaise Ingoglia.

    The Florida Republican chairman and state representative from Hernando County pulled off a strong presidential cattle call this weekend and raised badly needed money for the party in the process. Drawing in almost every presidential candidate was no easy task considering Florida's late primary date in March, but Ingoglia's hardball tactics — threatening exclusion from the Florida ballot — worked....

  15. GOP presidential candidates fawn over Florida

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — To underscore his credentials as a social conservative, Jeb Bush regularly reminds audiences how in 2005 he led the charge to bypass court rulings to force the reinsertion of feeding tubes for Terri Schiavo, the Pinellas County woman declared by medical experts to be in a "persistent vegetative state."

    The Tampa Bay Times asked Ben Carson, a medical doctor and a favorite of Evangelical voters, what he thought at the time about government intervention into the matter....

    Carly Fiorina addresses the crowd at the Sunshine Summit, a Republican Party of Florida event in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2015. Republican presidential hopefuls including Sen. Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Jim Gilmore, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. John Kasich and Gov. Bobby Jindal all spoke at the event on Saturday. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times) XNYT104