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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. Jeb Bush, the consensus-builder gov?

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    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    "I don't assume it's my way or the highway," Florida's former governor recently told a woman who asked at the Iowa State Fair how his style differs from Donald Trump's....

  2. Jeb Bush touts consensus-builder style, but many point to discordant Florida record

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    "I don't assume it's my way or the highway," Florida's former governor recently told a woman who asked at the Iowa State Fair how his style differs from Donald Trump's.

    Jeb Bush, consensus-builder? That's not the leadership style most people remember from his eight years as governor....

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
  3. In which Trump trashes Jeb to Crisafulli and Weatherford suggests Trump inflates his golf score

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    A great read with lots of Florda tidbits in the Washington Post about the long-shaky Bush-Trump relationship:

    Donald Trump spent a day in January 2014 hobnobbing with politicians at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The billionaire mogul touted legalizing gambling with state Rep. Steve Crisafulli, speaker of the Florida House, and two other wired Florida Republicans, plugging his properties as potential sites for casinos....

  4. "Shadow redistricting" operatives fire back

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    Some of the GOP operatives/activists swept up in the legal battles over the legislature's redistricting process, are firing back. Stafford Jones, Matt Mitchell, and Pat Bainter have formed the Conservative Coalition for Free Speech and Association committee to overturn the "Fair Districts" constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters and stand up for what they call fundamental First Amendment rights. Here's their site....

  5. Nancy Argenziano's take on the presidential field

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    We caught up with former Republican Public Service Commissioner and state Sen. Nancy Argenziano, the Citrus County populist who was never shy about criticizing Florida's utility companies and her own party leaders if she thought they were hurting consumers. And ....well...let's just say she hasn't made much progress in mastering the art of soft-spoken diplomacy.

    "If you don't agree with Jeb on something you're sh** out of luck. If you don't agree with him on something, there is no making it better. It's my way or hit the highway," said Argenziano when asked about Bush's constant talk on the campaign trail about his record of forging consensus and finding common ground with people who might disagree....

    Argenziano
  6. Fla GOP hosts training sessions to win in '16

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    About 500 Florida Republican party leaders and activists are set to gather in Tampa this weekend for the state GOP's summer quarterly meeting. Aside from the normal party business that gets conducted at these affairs, attendees will participate in a series a training sessions to help them deliver Florida's 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee and they will hear from the major candidates running for the U.S. Senate nomination....

  7. Ana Navarro joins The View team

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    Giant congratulations to Ana Navarro, the Republican consultant and political pundit for ABC and CNN, who tweets that she is joining the ladies of The View as a political contributor. No doubt she'll be territic.

    Here's our profile of Navarro from a couple years ago when she was just starting to become A BIG DEAL....

  8. Poll comments: 'We're about to be led over cliff by billionaire fraud w/ a dead lemur stapled to his head'

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    We published our latest Florida Insider Poll Friday, and it showed an overwhelming majority of the political pros who participating expect Donald Trump will still be in the race for Florida's March 15 presidential primary. Very few expect him to win it. Jeb Bush is the heavy favorite....

  9. Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

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    Winner of the week

    U.S. Congress. It may finally have a legislative body that looks even more dysfunctional: The Florida Legislature.

    Loser of the week

    Don Gaetz. The former Florida Senate president boasted of presiding over the most transparent redistricting process Florida ever saw. Court records, however, suggest Gaetz worked secretly with GOP operatives to draw districts to best serve his party's interests. Runner up: Rick Wilson. The GOP consultant/pundit eagerly attacking Donald Trump and his supporters lately went off the rails on Twitter last week....

  10. The Buzz: Florida Insiders say Trump's candidacy will last until Florida primary in March and Jeb Bush will win it

    State Roundup

    Look out Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the political world no longer thinks you will be the only real contenders for Florida's March 15 presidential primary. In our latest Florida Insider Poll, nearly 80 percent of the savvy Sunshine State politicos surveyed predict that Donald Trump will be on the ballot as well.

    "The Trump bubble is certainly not going to burst as early as many of us expected — he is here for a while," lamented one Republican....

    Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon, according to nearly 80 percent of respondents to a Florida Insider Poll who said they expect him to be on Florida’s primary ballot March 15.
  11. FLA INSIDER POLL: Donald Trump will be on Fla's March ballot, Jeb will win

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    Look out Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the political world no longer thinks you will be the only real contenders for Florida's March 15 presidential primary. In our latest Florida Insider Poll, nearly 80 percent of the savvy Sunshine state politicos surveyed predict that Donald Trump will be on the ballot as well.

    "The Trump bubble is certainly not going to burst as early as many of us expected -- he is here for awhile," lamented one Republican....

  12. Adam C. Smith: Let's call it Bush vs. Clinton because these two political giants are twins

    State Roundup

    Time for an imprudent prediction: The nominees for 2016 will be Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

    Ultimately, after months of twists, turns and drama, we will wind up with the two candidates with the most money and the most establishment support from their respective parties. This is a year when voters seem particularly tired of the same old thing, but nonetheless that's the safest bet, that the nominees will be the ones with the strongest claim on that nebulous, special quality of seeming presidential....

    Jeb Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton.
  13. Should Sen. Don Gaetz resign?

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    That's the view of Brian Crowley over the latest revelations on how former Senate President Don Gaetz presided over "the most transparent" redistricting process in Florida history. Crowley:

    ...Gaetz only got caught because he wound up in court. He has cost the taxpayers a great deal of money in special sessions and needless court fights....

  14. Alan Grayson smacks Patrick Murphy over Benghazi

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    We're used to Republicans using the Benghazi attack as a weapon, but now Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson is taking up the matter to court Democratic primary voters. Democrat Patrick Murphy was one of seven U.S. House Democrats who voted to create the Benghazi Select Committee, and now Grayson wants to know if his senate rival regrets that vote.

    "Patrick Murphy voted to give the Tea Party Republicans who run the House of Representatives the power to subpoena Hillary Clinton's records, hold hearings and conduct a political witch hunt that will last through the presidential election," Grayson said in a statement. "I would like to know if Patrick Murphy is happy with what he has done, or if he now regrets that vote."

    "With Patrick Murphy's permission, Republicans have turned the investigation into the death of four Americans into a partisan witch hunt," Grayson added. "Anyone with a brain knew that that's exactly what they would do."...

  15. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy jumps on student debt issue

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    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy appears poised to make relief for student debt a key issue in his campaign, just as several presidential contenders are also focusing on it. Murphy, 32, has friends struggling to pay off college debt, which is preventing them from opening businesses. He intends to not only to press to ensure future students can graduate debt-free, but fight to reduce the current crippling burden many recent graduates are facing....