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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. Meet Florida's Hillary Clinton-friendly Democratic superdelegates

    Blog

    Most of the attention on Florida's March 15 presidential primary has been lavished on the crowded Republican side (Even former candidates such as Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee will be on the ballot, by the way), in which whoever wins the most votes will receive all 99 GOP delegates at stake....

  2. New York Times: Alan Grayson mixing congressional work with hedge fund management

    Blog

    The Tampa Bay Times has incurred Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson's wrath for reporting on his hedge fund management activities while serving in Congress. Now the New York Times has a must-read invesigation with much more potentially damaging information....

    Rep. Alan Grayson stands on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington on Feb. 4. Grayson's highly unusual dual role - a sitting House lawmaker running a hedge fund, which until recently had operations in the Cayman Islands - led to an investigation by the House Committee on Ethics.
  3. Nancy Pelosi raising money in Tampa

    Blog

    Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to headline a fundraising reception for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Tampa home of Eric and Lyris Newman on Feb. 22. The invite indicates that $1,000 earns you the designation of Patron, $5,000 per couple make you a Host; and a couple giving $33,400 are members of the Speakers Cabinet.

  4. Adam C. Smith: Five things we learned in Iowa, New Hampshire

    State Roundup

    TAMPA

    Contrary to expectations that Iowa and New Hampshire would bring clarity, the topsy-turvy 2016 presidential race looks as muddled and volatile as ever and neither primary appears to be winding down soon.

    We've said goodbye to several candidates — Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee after Iowa and Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina after New Hampshire — but we still have a jumble of contenders vying to be the mainstream alternative to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. That includes Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio....

    Jeb Bush pretends to point out a scar he got battling teachers unions as Florida governor at an Ash Wednesday campaign stop.
  5. Five things Iowa and New Hampshire taught us about the presidential race

    Blog

    TAMPA -- Just stepped off the plane in New Hampshire after more than two weeks of watching the presidential candidates and voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Contrary to expectations a few weeks ago, the topsy turvy Republican primary contest is not much clearer after New Hampshire than it was before the voting starting. We've said goodbye to a few candidates but we still have a jumble of contenders vying to be the mainstream alternative to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, including both Floridians, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. ...

    New Hampshire resurrected Bush, but big hurdles remain
  6. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take New Hampshire, with Jeb Bush fourth

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H.

    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    The decisive victories came at 8 p.m., right when polls closed, kicking off wild celebrations that displayed the anti-establishment mood of the 2016 election and, for now, put two unlikely candidates in command....

    John Kasich
  7. Meet another Democrat who could be 2018 nominee for gov

    Blog

    What better place to catch up with leading Republican and Democratic candidates for Florida office than Manchester, N.H., where it seems half of Florida's politicos have converged to help Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or Hillary Clinton. Today we caught up with Phillip Levine, the wealthy Miami Beach entrepreneur who currently serves as Miami Beach Mayor. Like Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who also was campaigning for Clinton in New Hampshire, Levine is widely seen as a contender for governor in 2018. ...

  8. Why Trump's Tampa Bay rally is perfectly timed

    Blog

    Donald Trump's rally planned for Friday evening at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa could not be better planned. Consider that as New Hampshire residents heard to the polls today, elections supervisors in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties are sending out more than 300,000 mail ballots for Florida's March 15 primary....

  9. Jeb Bush shows signs of second wind ahead of New Hampshire primary

    State Roundup

    PLAISTOW, N.H. — Jeb Bush's stump speech started to take on a defensive, pleading tone in the days following his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week.

    "I know I've been written off, I know the end is near, I know all that stuff," the onetime overwhelming favorite for the Republican presidential nomination told a couple of hundred people in a school cafeteria in Concord. "You know what gives me confidence? New Hampshire. … I trust you all. I've shown my heart. I've shown the depth of knowledge."...

    A street sign in Newmarket, N.H., reminds voters on Monday that the state’s presidential primary is today. A snowstorm that hit New Hampshire could last into early today, forecasters said. 
  10. Jeb Bush to NH: Pick me, not John Kasich

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    The most immediate obstacle to Jeb Bush's path to the nomination is not Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. it's the guy pictured here (a couple minutes ago in the Plaistow Public Library), Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

    Three governors, Bush, Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are trying to emerge from New Hampshire Tuesday with a credible reason for why they they should continue to press on into South Carolina's Feb. 20 primary rather than step aside and let Republicans coalesce around Rubio as the main alternative to Trump or Ted Cruz....

    Kasich at his 104th New Hampshire town hall meeting
  11. Marco Rubio's debate oops threatens to shift momentum of race

    Blog

    SALEM, N.H. — We've heard Donald Trump swear, insult and offend. We've winced as Jeb Bush flailed during debates. We've wondered on occasion whether Ben Carson was fully awake.

    But Marco Rubio gave us the first real oops moment of the 2016 race Saturday night.

    "Let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing," Florida's junior senator said after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused him of constantly using the same scripted lines in the debate....

  12. Marco Rubio's debate oops threatens to shift momentum of race

    National

    SALEM, N.H. — We've heard Donald Trump swear, insult and offend. We've winced as Jeb Bush flailed during debates. We've wondered on occasion whether Ben Carson was fully awake.

    But Marco Rubio gave us the first real oops moment of the 2016 race Saturday night.

    "Let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing," Florida's junior senator said after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused him of constantly using the same scripted lines in the debate....

    Marco Rubio and his team dismissed the second-guessing.
  13. Here's how to get tickets to Donald Trump's rally at USF Friday

    Blog

    Donald Trump's rally at the USF Sun Dome is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, with doors opening at 5 p.m.. Tickets are free, but people must register for tickets on Eventbrite.com, and bring their printed ticket with them or be prepared to show their ticket on a mobile device at check in.

    People will be screened before entering, so USF advises people not to bring many personal items to speed up the check-in process. "Parking for all patrons is $20.00 per vehicle, cash only," USF said in a release. "Large vehicles will be subject to additional costs. In order to accommodate a smooth and efficient arrival, entrants should allow themselves ample amount of travel time. Please pay close attention to road signage, police officers, and parking attendants."...

    Donald Trump, Republican presidential hopeful, speaks at a campaign event, at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H., on Sunday.
  14. Breaking down the Republican presidential debate

    State Roundup

    The final GOP presidential debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary was Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

    It was moderated by ABC's David Muir and Martha Raddatz. Here's your watercooler recap.

    Jeb Bush, 62, former governor of Florida (1999-2007), son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.

    Quote: "What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City. That is not public purpose, that is downright wrong."...

    MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) 600718759
  15. The Buzz: Jeb Bush uses mom, 90, in mocking tweet against Trump

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush likes to campaign as if he's the grown-up among the Republicans running for president, but that doesn't mean he's not above acting like a middle-schooler sometimes.

    On Friday, amid a heavy snowstorm in Iowa, Donald Trump announced he was canceling a town hall event scheduled in Londonderry, N.H.

    Bush tweeted out a message to Trump in response: "My 90-year-old mother made it out to campaign," he said, including a photo of Barbara Bush shaking hands with a little girl at a campaign stop....

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio laughs while speaking at a rally, Saturday in Johnston, Iowa. [Associated Press]