Thursday, March 22, 2018


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.

Gun buyers look through a selection of AR-15 rifles at the In Guns We Trust LLC booth during the Tampa Gun Show on Feb. 24 at the State Fairgrounds. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)

Why the AR-15 has millions of fans: Itís simple, light and menacing

DOVER ó Polls show at least 6 in 10 Americans want to ban guns like the AR-15 used to kill 17 people in six minutes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Owners of those semi-automatic rifles say thatís because so many Americans donít...
Updated one month ago
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Tallahassee. (Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP) FLPET102

The Buzz: Democratic candidates take aim at Scott

Itís increasingly clear that if and when Gov. Rick Scott finally revs the engine on his campaign for U.S. Senate, he will face attacks not just from Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson but also from countless other Democrats up and down the ballot in...
Updated: 2 months ago
Banners along South Adams Street welcome Florida Lawmakers back to Tallahassee in 2017 for the annual 60-day session. The Capitol can be seen in the background. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Florida Insiders assess the #MeToo, post-Jack Latvala era in Tallahassee

Infidelity. Snooping private investigators. Big money. Conflicting political ambitions. Sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement. Donald Trump. Paranoia. And the interests of 20 million Floridians.With these issues looming over Floridaís 2018...
Updated: 3 months ago
FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   DeSantis announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018,  heâ\u0088\u009A¢â\u0080\u009A\u0082 \u0308â\u0080\u009A\u0084¢ll join a crowded field seeking to succeed Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who leaves office in early 2019 to term limits. DeSantisâ\u0088\u009A¢â\u0080\u009A\u0082 \u0308â\u0080\u009A\u0084¢ entry comes after President Donald Trump tweeted last month that DeSantis is

Key unanswered questions about Ron DeSantis

Donald Trumpís favorite candidate for Florida governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, finally made his candidacy official on Friday. With super-wealthy backers, an ideal bio that includes military service and Ivy League schools, and an arch-conservative...
Updated: 2 months ago
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]

The Buzz: Florida's political winners and losers of the year

Heading into the mother of all Florida election years, it’s time to bid 2017 goodbye with our year-end list winners and losers in Florida politics.
Updated: 3 months ago
Florida Governor Rick Scott delivers remarks during a roundtable discussion in Kissimmee, Fla., with central Florida elected official and community leaders about the influx to the Orlando, Fla., area of Puerto Rico residents impacted by Hurricane Maria, on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

The Buzz: Floridaís political winners and losers of the year

Heading into the mother of all Florida election years, itís time to bid 2017 goodbye with our year-end list of winners and losers in Florida politics.A strong case could be made that Florida voters were the chief losers, given all that weíve...
Updated: 3 months ago
Ryan Torrens, a 32-year-old attorney from Tampa, is a Democrat running for Florida Attorney General in 2018. [Photo courtesy of Ryan Torrens]

In attorney general bid, Ryan Torrens pushes new method for fighting opioids

Ryan Torrens isnít ashamed to admit that heís a recovering alcoholic.The 32-year-old Tampa attorney thinks that kind of perspective is whatís needed in order to understand and get a handle on the opioid epidemic in Florida, or what...
Updated: 3 months ago
Richard Corcoran, right, is congratulated by state Sen. Mike Fasano after Corcoran won the election to be state representative for District 45 on Aug. 24, 2010. [Times (2010)]

From the archives: Rubioís aide spent lavishly on party credit cards like his boss

This article was originally published in March 2010.Days before he was sworn in as speaker of the Florida House, Marco Rubio and his top deputies hopped on a charter plane to Washington, checked into a $600-a-night hotel hosting a...
Updated: 3 months ago
CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks about tourism numbers in Florida during a news conference at the Florida Aquarium Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in Tampa.

Republicans still winning at fundraising

Democrats running for Florida governor may be thankful for Donald Trump energizing their party activists and turning off swing voters, but their Republican gubernatorial rivals are still crushing them in fundraising. Money is crucial in a...
Updated: 3 months ago
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine speaks at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting at the Ferguson Law Center in Tampa on Friday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)

Richard Corcoran really, really loves Donald Trump

Even in the home state of former presidential aspirants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, few Republican leaders in 2016 were more vocal in their criticism of Donald Trump than Richard Corcoran, the Florida House speaker."What birthed the phenomenon of...
Updated: 3 months ago