Friday, November 24, 2017

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Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

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.



SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida Capitol looking east, Tallahassee.  FOR FILE.

More than 200 Florida political insiders are nearly unanimous: you should expect more Capitol allegations

In the aftermath of tawdry allegations ending the career of a state senator (Democrat Jeff Clemens of Palm Beach County) and threatening to end another’s (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous:...
Published: 11/12/17
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman celebrated his re-election win Tuesday night at his watch party at Nova 535. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Adam C. Smith: 8 takeaways from the St. Pete mayor’s race

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor’s race was Rick Baker’s to lose, and with a giant assist from Donald Trump, that’s what happened. The popular former mayor nearly came back in the campaign’s final weeks, but fell short against Rick Kriseman because of a...
Updated one month ago
Stephen Bittel, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party.

Latvala’s accusers remain anonymous

As women across the country come forward and publicly call out sexual harassers, accusers in the Sunshine State have remained in the shade.At least six women have alleged that they are victims of sexual harassment by state Sen. Jack Latvala,...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Hilllsborough,Tampa.10/13/2008-Susan MacManus makes a point during board meeting. Newschannel8 photo by Pat Brammell

Insiders expect more Capitol allegations

In the aftermath of tawdry allegations ending the career of a state senator (Democrat Jeff Clemens of Palm Beach County) and threatening to end another’s (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous:...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/12/17
Chris King, a candidate for Florida governor, speaks during the Florida AP Legislative Day at the Florida Capitol, Thursday, Nov 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) FLMW109

Graham jokes bomb with tough crowd

First of all, we should stipulate that addressing the annual Associated Press pre-session planning day is a tough gig for politicians. Unlike partisan events, the crowd at these gatherings is largely stone faced, non-clapping reporters and editors...
Updated one month ago
Former Congressmen Patrick Murphy, left, and David Jolly sound off on the gridlock in Washington, D.C., during a forum at USF in October. (Photo by Tom Wagner)

Adam Smith: Is there anything to be done about Washington gridlock? Some say yes

Let’s try to talk about Washington dysfunction without focusing on Donald Trump.Trump, after all, would not be president but for the vast public disgust with the status quo that preceded his candidacy and likely will succeed...
Updated one month ago
Singer Joy Villa attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Surprising opponent may take on Charlie Crist

Just in case you thought former Republican/former independent/former governor/former finalist for vice president/former U.S. Senate candidate/former washed-up politician/current Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s career couldn’t get any weirder,...
Updated one month ago
A voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster while leaving a polling site during early voting ahead of the Nov. 8 election day.  [Associated Press]

How Florida could help ensure the popular vote picks presidents

State Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, has filed a bill to mandate that Florida’s electoral votes given to the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. Even if it has a snowball’s chance in Miami to pass a GOP-controlled legislature reluctant to...
Updated one month ago
Rep. Janet Cruz D-Tampa, left, Rafaela Amador, Tampa Bay Rays Senior Director of Public Relations, center, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman talk with reporters during a press conference at Signature Flight Support in Tampa after returning from Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 11. (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)

In St. Petersburg mayor’s race, Rick vs. Rick is also Rays vs. Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG — Maybe before the NFL’s national anthem uproar you assumed professional sports were apolitical endeavors. You’d be dead wrong in the case of St. Petersburg’s mayoral race.The historically non-political Tampa Bay Rays have jumped...
Updated one month ago
FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Democrat Annette Taddeo, talks during an interview in Pinecrest, Fla. Taddeo defeated state Rep. Jose Felix

The Buzz: Rick Baker as hipster and other developments in the St. Petersburg mayoral race ...

Rick Baker hasn't gone full hipster yet, but before St. Pete's mayoral race ends we won't be entirely shocked to see Mayor Rick Kriseman's challenger sporting a man bun, nerdy glasses and forearm loaded with tats (tattoos, for those of you in Baker's...
Updated: 2 months ago