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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. Meet Jeb Bush's Broward County campaign team


    Jeb 2016! Broward County Campaign Organization:
    (this is the initial Broward County Campaign Organization)

    Honorary Chairman
    United States Senator George LeMieux*

    Honorary Co-Chairs

    State Representative George Moraitis
    Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca*

    Campaign Committ...

  2. Alan Grayson says he has closed his Caymans hedge funds


    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson says he has closed down hedge funds that he set up in the notorious offshore tax haven of the Cayman Islands, which have proven to be a considerable political headache for the populist congressman from Orlando. The moves comes on the heels of the millionaire Democrat recently changing the name of his hedge management company -- from Grayson Fund to Sibylline Fund - afer critics filed official House complaints against him for allegedly violating House rules for improperly using his name in the investment vehicles....

  3. Dem presidential primary debate set for Miami


    The DNC confirms it will host a Democratic primary debate in Miami March 9, sponsored by Univision and the Washington Post. This assumes, of course, there still is a Democratic primary race on March 9.

    “Florida is a critical swing state with a diverse population, and it’s one of the states that got hit the hardest by the recession – too many Floridians lost their homes, their jobs, or both. We’re thrilled to partner with Univision to host one of our six DNC debates in recognition of the important and growing role Latinos play in our electorate. Our Democratic candidates will provide a sharp contrast with Republicans – including two on their home turf -- not only on the issues impacting the Latino community, but on the entire middle class and families across the country,” said DNC spokeswoman Christina Freundlich....

  4. Fla House Dems hire political director


    State Rep Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, sent this to her colleagues today:

    After a nationwide search, I am excited to announce that House Victory has hired Steve Jackson to serve as our Political Director for House campaigns!

    As your incoming Leader, I believe it is important for House Victory to have our own dedicated Political Director focused exclusively on electing more Democrats to the Florida House. In this role, Steve will travel the state recruiting candidates, developing relationships with our partners in our targeted areas, overseeing campaign staff in our targeted races, and working in-district with our current members to strengthen their campaigns....

  5. About Quinnipiac's irrelevant Fla Senate poll


    What's the point of polling Florida's U.S. Senate race if you exclude one of the main candidates running in said U.S. Senate race? Quinnipiac University did just that, releasing a poll that tested potential general election matchups with only two of the four credible Republicans running. Leaving off political newcomer Todd Wilcox, whose viability remains uncertain, is understandable. But leaving off U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores? Just hailing from the biggest media market, Tampa Bay, probably makes Jolly the nominal frontrunner for the GOP nomination at this point....

  6. New JEB! ads: Disrupt Washington


    Jeb Bush's Super PAC, Right to Rise USA has a new 30 second spot airing in Iowa and New Hampshire touting Bush's vow to disrupt the old order in Washington.

    Right to Rose also is airing the following two 15-second spots, "Budget Cutter" and "Plan for Jobs."



  7. Fla poll: Donald Trump 28%, Carson 16%, Rubio 14%, Bush 12%


    Donald Trump has twice as much Republican support in Florida as Sunshine State favorites Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

    The reality star has risen to 28 percent support from 21 percent in Quinnipiac's last Florida support, followed by retired surgeon Ben Carson with 16 percent, Rubio with 14 percent, and Bush 12 percent, Carly Fiorina with 7 percent, and Ted Cruz with 6 percent., No other candidate was over 2 percent and 10 percent were undecided....

  8. As he runs for Senate, U.S. Rep. David Jolly vows to do his job

    State Roundup

    CLEARWATER — Perhaps he didn't mean to rough up a fellow Republican, but U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly ripped apart Marco Rubio on Monday.

    "If you're holding a current office and running for another office you should be under extremely strict ethical scrutiny in terms of whether or not you're doing the job to which you were elected," U.S. Rep. Jolly told a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon crowd when asked about politicians running for one public office while holding another. "For somebody that fails that test, well, then they don't deserve to be elected — either to the office they're seeking or to the office they currently hold."...

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
  9. David Jolly wishes Marco Rubio would stop missing so many Senate votes


    U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, today was warmly received before a home county crowd at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, where, perhaps inadvertently, he hammered U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

    "If you're holding a current office and running for another office you should be under extremely strict ethical scrutiny in terms of whether or not you're doing the doing the job to which you were elected," Jolly said, when asked about Florida's resign-to-run laws. "For somebody that fails that test, well, then they don't deserve to be elected - either to the office they're seeking or to the office they currently hold." ...

  10. Rand Paul, Chris Christie join Sunshine Summit in Orlando


    The Florida GOP today announced that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have committed to attend the party's Sunshine Summit in Orlando Nov. 12-14.

    "As our list of participating candidates continues to grow, we are excited to welcome Gov. Christie and Sen. Paul to the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. With eight candidates announced to attend, and more to come, the Sunshine Summit is turning out to be the can't-miss event of the primary election," Chairman Blaise Ingoglia announced. ...

  11. FLA INSIDER POLL: What They're saying about Senate field


    Comments submitted in our most recent Florida Inisder Poll about the U.S. Senate race and the prospect of Jeff Atwater running:

    Gwen Graham will probably run and would beat the whole field. ---Republian...

  12. Winner-take-all Florida primary slows parade of presidential candidates


    From Alex Leary and me:

    It was supposed to assert Florida's dominance in picking the Republican presidential nominee, but a move to push back the primary and award all delegates to the winner has rankled party activists who say it has made candidates wary of the state and could disenfranchise voters.

    "It was a mistake. It's almost taken Florida out of play," said Randy Osborne, chairman of the Marion County Republican Executive Committee, who has been trading messages with other local leaders.

    Campaigns are reluctant to talk about their plans but some are clearly questioning if it's worth engaging in a big, expensive state with two favorite son candidates, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio....

  13. PolitiFact Florida: Men named William do outnumber women in Florida elected offices


    From Joshua Gillin of PolitiFact Florida:

    A pro-Democratic group has sent out the call that 2016 is the year Florida voters need to choose a female candidate: "Did you know that fewer women have been elected to statewide office than men named William?"

    The Sept. 22 email from Ruth's List Florida went on, "More women than men vote in Florida, but 26 men named William have been elected to statewide office, and only 7 women have had the honor."

    Is it possible that in Florida's 170-year history, only seven women have filled statewide office? And did voters pick 26 men named William? Get ready for a state civics lesson....

  14. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week - Jeff Atwater.

    Florida's Republican chief financial officer is back to flirting with a run for the U.S. Senate, and the latest Florida Insider Poll shows that most of the political establishment thinks he would win the nomination and be the strongest candidate for the general election.

    Loser of the week - Jeff Atwater.

    Last year, Atwater decided he wanted to become president of Florida Atlantic University, but was rejected after a supposedly weak job interview. This year, he told everybody that he intended to run for U.S. Senate — but then bailed. Now he has cracked the door open to run again — and ensured that lower-tier Republicans who had enough backbone to get in the race early on will have trouble raising money while Atwater plays Hamlet....

  15. Insiders say Atwater would fare well in Senate race

    State Roundup

    Florida's Republican U.S. Senate primary to replace Marco Rubio has been a humdrum affair featuring three credible but little-known candidates overshadowed by the presidential campaign. But now Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is reconsidering his decision not to run, and in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll of nearly 160 Florida politicos, more than two thirds predict Atwater will win the nomination....

    Chief financial officer, Jeff Atwater speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC104