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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


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @AdamSmithTimes

  1. Democrats seize on Pam Bondi-Donald Trump controversy to welcome him back to Florida


    The Democratic-leaning group Progress Florida is welcoming Donald Trump back to Tampa today with a new video called "Something Stinks." It concerns the attorney general's decision not to pursue an investigation into Trump University, which her office made after receiving a campaign contribution from Trump....

  2. AARP poll: Florida women 50-plus favor trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump on Social Security


    A newly released poll for AARP Florida shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump among Florida women voters age 50-plus, 47 percent to 38 percent. These older women voters account for about one third of the likely voters in Florida's election, and the poll found nearly three in four want Congress and the next president to act immediately to ensure that Social Security benefits are not reduced after 2034....

  3. Tim Kaine hits Tallahassee and south Florida Friday and Saturday


    Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine returns to Florida "to tour small businesses in Tallahassee and South Florida and host events to discuss Hillary Clinton’s plan to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," says the campaign.

    On Friday he is scheduled to tour a small business in Tallahassee, a private event, and attend a voter registration kick-off in Tallahassee. The Public can RSVP here...

  4. Donald Trump back in Tampa Wednesday


    Donald Trump plans to hold a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Wednesday at 1 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m., and the public can register for tickets here

    More details to come.

  5. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week

    I-4 Corridor TV stations. Of the nearly $120 million spent so far on presidential campaign TV ads (more than $104-million of that on behalf of Hillary Clinton), two television markets rank number one and two in ad spending, according to NBC News. 1. Orlando, with $9.6 million. 2. Tampa Bay, with $8.9 million.

    Loser of the week

    Rick Kriseman. In an apparent effort to convince St. Petersburg taxpayers that City Hall has a lot more money available than common sense, the mayor and his overwhelmingly Democratic city council approved a grant to pay for landscaping improvements at the Pinellas Democratic party offices....

  6. 'I'm a Latina Republican — here's why this is the worst election of my life'


    The widely respected, Miami-based Republican consultant Bettina Inclan weighs in on her party's presidential nominee:

    ...I want to be a good Republican soldier, but in order to do that, Trump needs to earn my vote. Trump’s words have consequences. He has eroded Republican confidence in his candidacy, and now he must fight to win it back. If Trump wants to win, he is going to have to convince me, and people like me, that he is listening to our concerns. My vote has value, and if Trump wants it, he has to work for it. ......

  7. Florida trendline shows Donald Trump losing ground


    Amid all the talk lately about Donald Trump flailing and falling way behind Hillary Clinton in key battleground states, it's worth reminding everybody that, Florida being Florida, we should expect another close presidential election in the America's biggest battleground state. In the last six presidential elections, after all, Florida has produced three Democratic victories and three Republican victories (one of those the tied race of 2000). The average margin of victory over those six races was 2.7 percentage points, with the most lopsided result being Bill Clinton's 5.7 point win over Bob Dole and Ross Perot in 1996....

    RealClearPolitics Florida trendline
  8. Imagine if your City Hall starting doling out money to political parties


    Well, that's precisesly what St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the St Pete City Council decided to do this week. In one of the most bone-headed moves we've heard from Tampa Bay governments in a while, city leaders voted to give the Pinellas Democratic Party $531 for native landscaping outside its seedy little headquarters building....

  9. Hillary Clinton opening Pinellas and three other campaign offices


    The Hillary Clinton campaign keeps opening campaign field offices across Florida - four new ones officially open Thursday - while Donald Trump's campaign says it will open five campaign offices this week. As of now Trump only has a main headquarters in Sarasota, while Clinton on Thursday will have 19.

    Clinton has a headquarters in Tampa and field offices in Wynwood, Miami Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth, Port St. Lucie, East Orlando, Sanford, Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa (Ybor City), Lakeland, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola....

  10. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The ousted DNC Chair faces a well-funded re-election challenge from Bernie Sanders-backed Tim Canova. Even though she is the frontrunner who might with an interest in playing it safe, she agreed to sit down with Canova for an hour-long televised debate today in south Florida, after initially sounding like she might skip debating. That may or may not be good for her campaign, but it is definitely good for voters....

  11. Insiders see little hope for Trump in Fla.

    State Roundup

    With states such as Colorado, Virginia and Pennsylvania tilting decidedly toward Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has virtually zero chance of winning the necessary 270 electoral votes without Florida's 29 in his column.

    The good news for the Republican nominee? Even after a particularly rough patch and ongoing inflammatory rhetoric that includes his antagonizing Hispanic voters, feuding with the parents of a dead Iraq war hero, seemingly joking about assassinating Clinton and calling President Barack Obama the founder of ISIS, he is competitive in the Sunshine State. Clinton leads in Florida by just 3.3 percentage points in the average of recent polls....

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, stops in to speak to workers at a campaign office for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., left, in Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) FLAH118
  12. How to win Florida: Hillary Clinton's organization? or Donald Trump's 'movement' and big rallies?


    How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are approaching the job of winning America's biggest battleground state is a study in contrasts.

    To Team Clinton, organizing is everything.

    To the unconventional Team Trump, big rallies rule. "We're running a unique campaign in the sense that we can draw 15,000 people together at a time," said Karen Giorno, Florida­based senior adviser on the Trump campaign....

    Inside Hillary Clinton state HQ in Tampa
  13. In Florida, it's Donald Trump's big rallies vs. Hillary Clinton's massive organizing

    State Roundup

    How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are approaching the job of winning America's biggest battleground state is a study in contrasts.

    To Team Clinton, organizing is everything.

    To the unconventional Team Trump, big rallies rule.

    "We're running a unique campaign in the sense that we can draw 15,000 people together at a time," said Karen Giorno, Florida-based senior adviser on the Trump campaign. "There are over 40,000 people that we've touched in the last two weeks with just four events. . . . We have a movement. Hillary Clinton is struggling to get people moving in her direction."...

    U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego tries on the hat of Democratic Party volunteer Al Felman while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a phone bank in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Following Gallego's departure, volunteers and fellows called Tampa residents in efforts to garner support for the Clinton campaign. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times) 

  14. Florida poll: Hillary Clinton +5, Marco Rubio +6


    A newly released Aug. 4-10 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Marist poll (MoE +/- 31. percent) shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 44 percent to 39 percent. Fifty four percent had an unfavorable view of Clinton and 62 percent had an unfavorable view of Trump.

    Asked about a hypothetical U.S. Senate race between Maco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy, 49 percent said they would vote for Rubio and 43 percent for Murphy....

  15. Bob Graham to Donald Trump: Release your tax returns


    Hillary Clinton has released decades of Tax returns, including her 2015 returns released today. Her campaign sent a Florida-centric statement from Former Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham: 

    "Each day that passes without Donald Trump releasing his tax returns is another day that he is failing to meet a fundamental obligation to the American public. This isn't complicated. When you're asking voters to trust you with the future of our country, they deserve to know how you made your money and what you did with it. Our state is home to one of the strongest government transparency laws in the nation and Floridians expect Donald Trump to follow the example set by every other major-party presidential nominee since 1976. Enough with the bogus excuses. It's time we find out what Donald Trump is hiding."...