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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. Here are the Florida Chamber's legislative endorsements

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    “We believe these candidates will put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term fixes and will help ensure our state remains competitive,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the staunchly Republican-leaning Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to support these candidates that we believe will help create jobs and economic opportunity in our state.”...

  2. Florida poll: Trump up 1, Rubio up 9

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    Suffolk University, the pollster (we will never stop reminding you) who a month before Barack Obama won Florida and Virginia, stopped polling those states because concluded they were in the bag for Mitt Romney, has a new Florida poll showing Donald Trump with 45 percent support, Hillary Clinton with 44, Gary Johnson at 3 percent at Jill Stein at 1.

    In the Senate race, Marco Rubio leads Patrick Murphy 43 to 34, and the medical marijuana ballot initiative has 67 percent support....

  3. Video: St. Pete family attests to Hillary Clinton's record helping families

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    With Hillary Clinton campaigning in Orlando Wednesday, her campaign has released a video featuring  Pinellas resident Anna Wilson and her daughter Amie and their struggle to find a public school to accommodate Amie's special needs. At the Children's Defense Fund, Clinton worked to find evidence that helped pass a law ensuring all children with disabilities had access to school....

    Pinellas family appears in new Hillary Clinton video
  4. Cleveland RNC Convention still owes money but Buckeye businesses more generous to convention than Florida's

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    Interesting nugget from the Center for Responsive Politics, looking at the fundraising of this year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland compared to 2012 in Tampa. Only one individual gave at least $1-million to the Cleveland RNC, compared to six for Tampa's in 2012....

  5. Why Jeb Bush should endorse Hillary Clinton

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    The lovely and talented Brian Crowley makes a provocative argument that will probably really annoy our former governor:

    ...Sitting on the sidelines since quitting his own presidential bid, (Jeb) Bush seems to be content essentially telling voters – you picked a lunatic over me, live with it....

  6. Donald Trump shifts Florida Headquarters to Orlando

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    One of the first moves by Donald Trump's new top Florida campaign honcho Susie Willes has been to move the Donald Trump state headquarters from Sarasota to a Orlando, which is a bit more centrally located (albeit not for state co-chairman Joe Gruters of Sarasota).  The Sarasota office had been the only Trump campaign office throughout the summer, but now the campaign counts 27 offices, which includes existing County GOP and/or RNC-funded offices....

  7. Florida poll: Clinton 41%, Trump 40%

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    A newly releaseed New York Times Upshot/Siena College Research Institute poll of likely Florida voters shows Hillary Clinton with 41 percent support oto Trump’s 40 percent and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson with 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein with 2 percent.

    “Trump has as large a lead among Republicans (78 points) as Clinton does with Democrats (77 points) and independents are evenly split at 34 percent for Trump and 32 percent for Clinton with 18 percent for Johnson.  Women lean towards Clinton but men tend to support Trump,” said Siena College Poll Director Don Levy in a statement. “Trump leads in the North, Bay Area and Central portions of the state, while Clinton leads in the vote rich Southeast and the Southwest is a toss-up....

  8. Jeb! kills in Emmys cameo

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    Jeb! Bush joined Jimmy Kimmel to kick off the Emmy Awards Sunday night. Check it out:

     

  9. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week

    Donald Trump. Except for a polling blip in July, Hillary Clinton has been the Florida frontrunner for months. Last week, though, the average of recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com moved Trump barely ahead, with an average of 45.1 percent to 44.4 for Clinton.

    Loser of the week

    Rick Scott. "The time for politics is over," Gov. Rick Scott said of the Zika crisis during a Washington press conference. Seconds later, the governor expected to run against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018 attacked Nelson for demanding a "clean" Zika funding bill. Sens. Nelson and Marco Rubio at least are steering clear of partisanship on this public health crisis, but that's not Scott's style....

    Trump and Scott
  10. Pros predict a Rubio win and a 2020 run

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    Marco Rubio says he intends to serve out a full U.S. Senate term if he wins re-election and is not eyeing another presidential run in 2020.

    The vast majority of Florida politics experts surveyed in our latest Florida Insider Poll, however, don't seem to buy it. Nearly three in four of the more than 160 Sunshine State campaign professionals, fundraisers, lobbyists, and academics we surveyed expect Rubio to run for president in 2020 if Hillary Clinton wins the White House this year....

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., July 27, 2016. Trump said earlier Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?€š„??s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?€š„??s cyberspying of a secretary of state?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?€š„??s correspondence. ?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?‰ˆ“Russia, if you?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?€š„??re listening, I hope you?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?€š„??re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?? Trump said. ?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?‰ˆ“I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.?ˆš???€š‚? ̈?? (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) XNYT211
  11. Poll: Donald Trump edging Hillary Clinton in bellwether Florida county

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    An automated poll of more than 1,000 registered voters in Florida's bellwether county of Hillsborough — which Barack Obama won comfortably in 2012 and has gone with the winner in every election since 1960 except one — shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton 44.6 percent to 43 percent to 6.9 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson. That's within the margin of error for the Sept. 7 robo poll by St. Pete Polls, but Hillsborough County has generally been seen as trending into a reliably Democratic County....

  12. How is Trump poised to win Florida? Talk to swing voters in West Pasco County

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    Donald Trump's prospects for winning the White House will probably rise or fall among the strip malls and 1,000-square-foot ranch homes of southwest Pasco County.

    In this working-class suburb of Tampa Bay, finding people enthusiastically supporting Hillary Clinton is tough. Finding people enthusiastically supporting Trump is less difficult.

    Finding people fed up with the status quo is a piece of cake....

  13. Donald Trump's strength in Florida shows in working-class Pasco County

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    HOLIDAY — Donald Trump's prospects for winning the White House will probably rise or fall among the strip malls and 1,000-square-foot ranch homes of southwest Pasco County.

    In this working-class suburb of Tampa Bay, finding people enthusiastically supporting Hillary Clinton is tough. Finding people enthusiastically supporting Trump is less difficult.

    Finding people fed up with the status quo is a piece of cake....

    Gary Gann, 65, left, and Chuck Grey, 67, both of New Port Richey, visit on Wednesday at Jimmy’s Restaurant in New Port Richey, where they meet for breakfast on occasion. Both men plan on voting for Donald Trump in the presidential election.
  14. Florida Insider Poll: Of course Marco Rubio is eyeing 2020 prez race

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    Marco Rubio says he intends to serve out a full U.S. Senate term if he wins re-election and is not eyeing another presidential run in 2020.

    The vast majority of Florida politics experts surveyed in our latest Florida Insider Poll, however, don't seem to buy it. Nearly three in four of the more than 165 Sunshine state campaign professionals, fundraisers, lobbyists, and academics we surveyed expect Rubio to run for president in 2020 if Hillary Clinton wins the White House this year....

  15. CNN Florida poll: Donald Trump 47%, Hillary Clinton 44%

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    CNN is out with a new Florida poll showing Donald Trump edging ahead of Hillary Clinton 47 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, within the margin of error. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson drew 6 percent. Looking just at registered voters, the CNN/ORC poll has Trump with 45 percent and Clinton with 44 percent. 

    Clinton led Trump by 8 points among women and Trump led by 14 among men. He led among white voters 58 percent to 30 percent and trailed her among college graduates 49 percent to 41 percent. He led among independent voters 46 percent to 37 percent....