Saturday, September 22, 2018


Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

The Washington Post has called Political Editor Adam Smith Florida's top political writer, and the Columbia Journalism Review 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 has three children and a rescue mutt.

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, turns in a personal check for $1,200 to the Office of Open Government. The fee paid to fulfill her public records request for all correspondence relating to Florida Governor Rick Scott's office and the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. 14 people died at the facility as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Trump sends Junior to stump for DeSantis, Gaetz

Donald Trump is coming to Florida to campaign for two of his biggest cable news cheerleaders, Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.Unfortunately for them, itís not the big guy. Itís Donald Trump Jr.In late June,...
Updated: 4 months ago
Dominic Girard, 3, from New Port Richey, Fla., plays on in the surf while a large crowd holds hands along the water for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday on Indian Rocks Beach. 
This is an annual event held globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable, clean energy solutions. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Hundreds hold hands against offshore drilling on gulf beaches

CLEARWATER ó A couple of hundred beach lovers, including assorted local and federal elected officials, clasped hands on Clearwater Beach Saturday to draw a line in the sand against offshore drilling."As long as Iím around thereís not going to...
Updated: 4 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott is running for the U.S. Senate, which he made official at an event in Orlando. [Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS]

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott:Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governorís periodic and brief question and answer sessions. He almost never says...
Updated: 5 months ago
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Parkland, Fla., school shootings and school safety, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) DCJM109

Democratic PAC targets Scottís Senate chances

Updated: 6 months ago
The Pod Save America podcasters, from left, Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor were all Obama White House veterans. They now help the hugely popular podcast that riffs on politics and the media. 
Photo courtesy Crooked Media

Pod Save Americaís Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor talk about how Trump fueled their podcast and live show

Donald Trump has been a gift to much of the media world he maligns. TV ratings for Trump critics including Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee have soared. Circulation and online clicks at newspapers including the...
Updated: 6 months ago