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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. Breaking down the Republican presidential debate

    State Roundup

    The final GOP presidential debate ahead of the Feb. 20 South Carolina primary was Saturday night at Peace Center in Greenville, S.C. It was moderated by CBS News' John Dickerson and Major Garrett, with Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal also asking questions. Here's your watercooler recap.

    Jeb Bush, 63, former governor of Florida (1999-2007), son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush....

    Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson participate in a moment of silence for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during a CBS News GOP Debate Saturday at the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  2. Florida 'superdelegates' a likely Clinton advantage

    State Roundup

    Much of the attention on Florida's March 15 presidential primary has been lavished on the crowded Republican side — even former candidates Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal 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. But on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders can pick up delegates in Florida even if he fails to beat Hillary Clinton, who currently leads him by about 40 percentage points in polls....

  3. Donald Trump: Not fair that Cubans automatically get pathway to citizenship

    Blog

    INSIDE A BULLETPROOF SUV — Donald Trump is still pumped up Friday night as he hops inside the Secret Service vehicle whisking him away from a crowd of at least 10,000 fans at USF's Sun Dome.

    "Look at the spirit out there!" he gushes as we swing past waving supporters. "Did you stand there in that room and feel that kind of response?"

    A big part of Trump's appeal is that he speaks like a regular guy instead of a cautious politician. During a ride to the airport he invited me to join, the billionaire presidential frontrunner is gracious and warm, every bit the accessible everyman. No press handlers butting in, no candidate shying away from politically dicey issues and little skittishness about winging it on matters to which he has paid scant attention....

  4. Exclusive interview: Donald Trump talks Cuba, oil drilling and 'badly hurt' Marco Rubio

    State Roundup

    INSIDE A BULLETPROOF SUV — Donald Trump is still pumped up Friday night as he hops inside the Secret Service vehicle whisking him away from a crowd of at least 10,000 fans at USF's Sun Dome.

    "Look at the spirit out there!" he gushes as we swing past waving supporters. "Did you stand there in that room and feel that kind of response?"

    A big part of Trump's appeal is that he speaks like a regular guy instead of a cautious politician. During a ride to the airport he invited me to join, the billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner is gracious and warm, every bit the accessible everyman. No press handlers butting in, no candidate shying away from politically dicey issues and little skittishness about winging it on matters to which he has paid scant attention....

    Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump greats supporters during a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on Friday evening, February 12, 2016 in Tampa. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times]
  5. Meet some early birds for Donald Trump's Tampa rally

    Blog

    We caught up with some enthusiastic young Donald Trump supporters outside the USF Sun Dome a few minutes ago. Trump's rally is scheduled to start at 7 p.m..

  6. Trump: Tampa rally will be profanity-free

    Blog

    The Donald Trump show comes to Tampa tonight, and the star promises it will be family-friendly.

    "I won't use foul language. I'm just not going to do it," Trump told a rally in Baton Rouge Thursday. "I'll never do it again actually, and I'll never even copy what somebody asks me to say." 

    Trump has been chastised by his rivals and commentators for having repeated a profane description of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that a woman in the audience shouted during a rally in New Hampshire Monday....

  7. 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.

    The Democrats' delegate system is much more complicated. At stake are 246 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Cleveland and 18 alternates. The biggest piece of that pie — 140 delegates — is distributed proportipnally based on how the candidates fare in each congressional district. Another 46 at-large delegates are distributed based on the candidates' statewide performance....

  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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....

    Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign gathering with supporters upon placing second place in the New Hampshire republican primary on Feb. 9, 2016, in Concord, N.H.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
  11. 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
  12. 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....

    MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets voters outside the polling place at Webster School on primary day February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Candidates from both parties are making last-minute attempts to swing voters to their side on the day of the ‘First in the Nation’ presidential primary.  (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) 604182279
  13. 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. ...

  14. 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....

  15. 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."...

    Jeb Bush leaves a Rotary Club luncheon at the Nashua Country Club on Tuesday in Nashua, N.H. He hopes to finish ahead of two other governors in the race.