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Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

The Washington Post calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the Columbia Journalism Review has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog.

Phone: (727) 893-8241

Email: asmith@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @AdamSmithTimes

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  1. Scott Arceneaux departs Fla Dem party after seven years

    Blog

    Scott Arceneaux, the cajun transplant who served as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party for nearly eight years, is stepping down as the party starts a nationwide search for a replacement. Newly elected chairman Stephen Bittel has hired Juan Penalosa and Reggie Cardozo as transition advisers, and Arceneaux will remain on board until a successor is found.

    A 46-year-old attorney, Arceneaux managed to keep the job despite several tough election cycles and plenty of second-guessing and criticism from grassroots organizers and consultants, largely because he was a smart and stable force widely respected and trusted by top elected officials and donors....

    Scott Arceneaux
  2. In center of Women's March on Washington, a St. Petersburg organizer

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Lisa Perry spent so much time volunteering at Hillary Clinton's St. Petersburg campaign office that she felt her daughters, 5 and 3, had sacrificed for the cause, too. On the evening of Nov. 8, she hugged Livvie and Ellie close before heading out the door to the Clinton victory party.

    "I was actually crying because I was so happy, and I told them they were going to be so proud of what America was about to do. I told them they would remember this day for the rest of their lives," said Perry, 37, who the next morning could not look her girls in the eye to tell them Donald Trump would be the next president....

    Pink “pussyhats,” referencing crude comments Trump made in a  2005 Access Hollywood video, were the favored headgear.
  3. Florida has seen a leader like Donald Trump before -- Charlie Crist

    Blog

    WASHINGTON — And so begins the most unpredictable presidency in modern — if not all — American history.

    Anybody who tells you they know what to expect from President Donald Trump, the volatile billionaire who has rarely hesitated to reverse course on policy positions, enemies or even his party registration, is either fooling themselves or fooling you.

    Floridians, though, may have a better sense of what's coming than most of America. We've seen this sort of leader up close: Charlie Crist....

    Gov. Crist in Trump Tower in 2007
  4. Florida has seen a leader like Donald Trump before: Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — And so begins the most unpredictable presidency in modern — if not all — American history.

    Anybody who tells you they know what to expect from President Donald Trump, the volatile billionaire who has rarely hesitated to reverse course on policy positions, enemies or even his party registration, is either fooling themselves or fooling you.

    Floridians, though, may have a better sense of what's coming than most of America. We've seen this sort of leader up close: Charlie Crist....

    President Donald Trump waves as he walks with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
  5. Donald Trump presidency gives Republicans free rein at last: Time to deliver

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Ebullient Republicans celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration today see so much opportunity: Rid America of the Obamacare scourge, slash stifling government regulations and taxes, overhaul the tax system, reassert America's authority on the world stage and finally push the teachers union out of the way of school accountability.

    "We'll employ more people and get people back to work, bring more businesses back to our country and help our inner cities," gushed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, an early Trump supporter. "And being chief legal officer of the state of Florida, I'm thrilled we'll have a new Supreme Court justice who will follow the rule of law."...

    The Marine Corps band rehearses in front of the U.S. Capitol the day before Donald Trump’s inauguration today as the nation’s 45th president.
  6. Donald Trump phoned husband of slain Orlando police officer

    Blog

    Donald Trump had met Orlando Police Sgt. Debra Clayton while in Florida and was horrified to hear she had been shot and killed Monday while trying to track down suspected murderer Markeith Loyd, Attorney General Pam Bondi told The Buzz.

    "He was deeply, deeply disturbed by the murder of Sgt. Debra Clayton. In fact, he called and spoke with Seth (her husband)," said Bondi, who hooked up Trump and the officer's widower. "He had met Sgt. Clayton and remembered her well, and the president-elect was very upset by her homicide and we're just thrilled they have her murderer in custody."...

    Debra Clayton was killed in the line of duty Monday
  7. 4 reasons Democrats shouldn't totally freak out about President Trump

    State Roundup

    Inaugurations should offer a dose of hope and optimism, even for voters whose candidate lost. This week, though, millions of Americans are worried about the president-elect.

    The angst is heightened by the political climate, the demeanor of the man poised to move into the White House and the shock that he won after so many experts and pundits doubted he could.

    Donald Trump will enter office with the lowest approval rating of any president-elect. But even those Democrats and liberals sporting "Not my president" buttons to protest the man about to be their president can find some reason for hope. The beauty of a politician so unpredictable and so comfortable taking multiple sides of different issues is that people of all political stripes can find rays of hope....

    Based on past statements, Donald Trump has a less conservative philosophy than his GOP colleagues.
  8. Florida GOP wants to pony up big money for re-elected chairman Blaise Ingoglia

    State Roundup

    To the victor go the spoils.

    Shortly after overwhelmingly re-electing state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the party's board members this weekend voted behind closed doors to reward him financially as well.

    Ingoglia had forgone a salary as party chairman after winning election in 2015, but board members voted Saturday that he should not only receive the $115,000 annual pay in 2017 and 2018, but also receive $230,000 in back pay for 2015 and 2016....

    Blaise Ingoglia says he hasn’t decided to take a salary.
  9. Florida GOP wants to pony up big money for re-elected chairman

    Blog

    To the victor go the spoils.

    Shortly after overwhelmingly re-electing state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the party's board members this weekend voted behind closed doors to reward him financially as well. Ingoglia had forgone a salary as party chairman after winning election in 2015, but board members voted Saturday that he should not only receive the $115,000 annual pay in 2017 and 2018, but also receive $230,000 in back pay for 2015 and 2016....

    Blaise Ingoglia
  10. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week 1

    Political establishment -- Insurgent candidates for chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties were overwhelingly shot down Saturday, as Republicans re-elected Blaise Ingoglia and Democrats elected top fundraiser Stephen Bittel. About the only time the establishment lost such an election in modern history? When Ingoglia won his first term over the wishes of Rick Scott....

  11. GOP nod for governor is Putnam's to lose

    State Roundup

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has been on a roll lately, generating headlines about standing up for taxpayers and transparency against the lobbying corps and even Gov. Rick Scott on "picking winners and losers" through economic incentive programs. One can imagine a compelling message along those lines for Corcoran's expected 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

    But a new Florida Insider Poll finds Florida's political elites highly skeptical about the Land O'Lakes Republican's ability to win the GOP nomination against likely candidate Adam Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner. Among 180 political professionals, lobbyists, fundraisers, activists and academics participating, only 10 percent predicted Corcoran would win the nomination, while 70 percent said Putnam, and 20 percent selected the "Someone else" option. ...

    Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at The Florida GOP ?€š€œVictory?€š€ dinner in Tampa on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
  12. Florida Insider Poll: Adam Putnam as the out of step Jeb Bush of 2018?

    Blog

    The latest Florida Insider Poll of more than 180 Florida politicos included more than 180 participants, and most know that we should expect the unexpected in Florida's jam-packed 2018 election cycle. Asked whether they expect Donald Trump to be a help or drag on the GOP ticket, 58 percent of the mostly Republican group said drag and 42 percent said help. 

    More results here...

  13. Obama names Florida supporter to Holocaust Council

    Blog

    President Obama today named Coral Springs trial lawyer Andrew Weinstein, a top Democratic fundraiser, a member of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, a position he will continue to hold after Donald Trump becomes president on Jan. 20. The president in 2013 appointed Weinstein to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

    Andrew Weinstein
  14. Florida Insider Poll: Richard Corcoran is toast against Adam Putnam in gov primary

    Blog

    Republican Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has been on a roll lately, generating headlines about his standing up for taxpayers and transparency against the lobbying corps and even Gov. Rick Scott on "picking winners and losers" through economic incentive programs. One can imagine a compelling message along those lines in a 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

    But a new Florida Insider Poll finds Florida's political elites highly skeptical about Corcoran's ability to win the GOP nomination against likely candidate Adam Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner. Among 180 political professionals, lobbyists, fundraisers, activists, and academics participating in our latest unscientific Florida Insider Poll, only 10 percent predicted Corcoran would win the nomination, while 70 percent said Putnam, and 20 percent selected the "Someone else" option. ...

    An unscientific survey of more than 180 Florida politicos
  15. Philip Levine's campaign for governor is underway

    Blog

    Check out the new video with Miami Beach's mayor noting that he is exploring his next step in public service after his term ends in November. Adviser Christian Ulvert said Levine over the next few months "will travel across Florida to listen to Floridians on how best to serve the state he loves. He will be making a final decision on his plans for continued public service in the spring."

    Miami Beach is Florida's 29th largest city, with a city manager running day to day operations. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, another gubernatorial prospect, leads Florida's third largest city, which has a strong mayor form of government. But Buckhorn lacks Levine's entrepreneurial pedigree or ability to write a $10 million check....