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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. Rick Scott answers whether he wants U.S. House to pass Trumpcare bill

    Blog

    The question from the Miami Herald's Amy Sherman this afternoon was concise and clear: "Should the House approve the Affordable Health Care Act as it is written?

    The answer from Gov. Rick Scott was not: "Here's the way I look at it. It's...I'm...I'm encouraged the conversations that are going on. I know there's things we have to continue to improve. 

    "I know I grew up in a family that struggled to pay for health care. I remember my mom crying when she couldn't pay for health care for my brother. I worked in the hospital industry. I ran the biggest company in that industry. ...

  2. 'Donald Trump will turn out to be Bill Nelson's best friend'

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    Check out the assorted comments from our latest Florida Insider Poll. We allow participants - many of them political pros, fundraisers, lobbyists, academics and the like - to weigh in anonymously so they can be honest without ticking off clients, colleagues, and friends....

    189 experts in Florida politics participated in this month's unscientific survey
  3. Florida Insider Poll: Will Richard Corcoran run against Rick Scott? For gov? For attorney general?

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    With so much hostility between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, we've heard speculation that Speaker Corcoran could be preparing to challenge Scott for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination rather than for governor as widely assumed. So we turned to nearly 200 savvy Florida political players for our latest Florida Insider Poll.

    How do these folks see Corcoran's future? A whopping 74 percent expect the Land O'Lakes Republican to run for governor in 2018, 14 percent expect he will wind up running for attorney general, 6 percent said senator and 4 percent predicted he will run for Senate....

  4. Florida Insider Poll: Super rich Rick Scott-type Republican will run for governor

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    So far we have one billionaire, Democratic former U.S. Senate candidate, Jeff Greene, keeping the door open for running for Florida governor in 2018. and one, maybe two, hundred millionaires actively looking at running for the Democratic nomination:  Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and maybe personal injury lawyer John Morgan....

    Will any Republican emerge as the Rick Scott candidate of 2018?
  5. $2 million invested already, Democratic candidate open to spending tens of millions more on gov race

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    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine says he has not committed to running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2018 and has has no time table for deciding except probably "before the end of the year." He is travelling the state meeting with people and discussing a possible campaign and issues facing the state.

    "I'm out talking to the customers. Before you launch a product or think about launching a product, you should talk to the customers," said Levine, who began his career advising cruise ship passengers about port activities and ultimately created a cruise industry media company generating $400 million in annual revenue....

    Philip Levine could self-fund a race for governor
  6. Video: Can you see one of these guys as Florida's next Democratic governor?

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    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has spent years traveling alongside his pal Bill Clinton, but Bill's legendary political instincts did not necessarily rub off on the multimillionare businessman exploring a run for governor any more than they did on Hillary. This occurred to me Monday night as I realized Mayor Levine was about to impersonate the voice of a black man, generally a horrible idea for any white politician. ...

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is a multimillionaire businessman and longtime Democratic donor and fundraiser, who has a  track record of success in the private sector and leading Miami Beach.
  7. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week

    NASA. The preliminary budget offered by President Donald Trump looks like a bloodbath for most federally funded scientific research — from the National Institutes of Health to climate change initiatives — but overall, NASA saw a mere 1 percent funding cut. NASA's Earth science and education programs would be cut, but the Mars Rover is still a go....

  8. Scott steps back from health care plan

    State Roundup

    If you had any doubt about the uncertain and difficult path ahead for the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just look at how Florida's governor has changed his tune about the topic.

    Keep in mind, Rick Scott lives by talking points and disciplined, repetitive messaging, so deviations tend to mean far more with him than most.

    The former health care CEO, whose political career started as a critic of health care reform efforts by President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, had been telling reporters since last fall that he was closely advising Donald Trump and his administration about how to fix and improve the health care system. ...

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum spoke out against the Sabal Trail Transmission natural gas pipeline Saturday in Tampa.
  9. Democratic governor candidate weighs in on prosecutor death penalty uproar

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    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor, received an enthusiastic response today from more than 150 activists attending the annual conference of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida in Tampa. The group also overwhelmingly voted for a resolution supporting Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala for declining to seek the death penality of a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and and Orlando police officer and rebuking Gov. Rick Scott for removing her from the case....

  10. Andrew Gillum jumps on a potential weakness for Gwen Graham – gas pipelines

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    Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, aggressively courting the progressive wing of the party, is expected to lay down a marker in Tampa on Saturday on one particularly hot environmental issue - the Sabal Trail Transmission natural gas pipeline. In remarks prepared for his address Saturday to the annual conference of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, Gillum highlights his opposition to the pipeline that would serve customers of Duke Energy and FPL and has drawn particularly strong opposition among residents in north Florida....

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks during third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last July.
  11. Rick Scott's Trumpcare talking points are shifting

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    If you had any doubt about the uncertain and difficult path ahead for the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just look at how Florida's governor has changed his tune about the topic. Keep in mind, Scott lives by talking points and disciplined, repetitive messaging, so deviations tend to mean more with him than most human beings.

    The forrmer health care corporate executive whose political career started as a critic of President Clinton's and President Obama's health carfe reform efforts, had been telling reporters since last Fall that he was closely advising President and President-elect Trump and his /transition/administration about how to fix and improve the health care system. ...

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks about his budget proposals during a pre-legislative news conference on Jan. 31 in Tallahassee.
  12. Check out Rick Wilson's Trump/Russia ad

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    Tallahassee-based GOP consultant Rick Wilson of Intrepid Media helped produce a second anti-Donald Trump ad for the group, Stand Up Republic led by former presidential candidate Evan McMullin. The spot highlights President Trump's ties to Russia and calls for a bipartisan select committee to investigate. A press release said a "substantial cable and digital ad buy will ensure "Sunlight" stays on the minds of Congressional leaders in the coming weeks."...

  13. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week - Gov. Rick Scott.

    He was against expanding Medicaid coverage for Floridians, then for it, then against it again. Now that Republicans in Washington propose to slash Medicaid spending under Trumpcare, Florida's governor doesn't have to fret about hundreds of thousands of Floridians losing coverage because Tallahassee Republicans ensured they never got it in the first place....

  14. Long before Trump hired him, Steve Bannon was making deals and kindling political fires in Florida

    State Roundup

    SARASOTA — Steady weekend visits to the "Winter White House" in Palm Beach have solidified President Donald Trump's status as a Floridian. But it's not just Trump who is adding a new dimension to the state's storied political history.

    Chief adviser Steve Bannon — the rumpled former executive of Breitbart News, revered as a brilliant strategist and reviled as a xenophobic champion of the extreme right — was shopping for a home in Sarasota last year before Trump enlisted him to fix the campaign....

    The rental home in Coconut Grove where Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump's campaign chief, was registered to vote. (Alex Daugherty, Miami Herald)
  15. Buckhorn's decision departs from recent history

    State Roundup

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's announcement last week that he won't run for governor in 2018 means there is a good chance Florida voters will see a governor's race unlike any other for nearly two decades: one without a Democratic nominee from Tampa Bay.

    Not since Jeb Bush easily defeated Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay in 1998 has Florida faced a Tampa Bay-free choice for governor, let alone have Democrats nominated someone from outside the region. In 2002, the Democratic nominee was Bill McBride of Thonotosassa. In 2006, it was Jim Davis of Tampa, followed in 2010 with Alex Sink of Thonotosassa and finally in 2014, Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg....

    TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 11/16/10-SPEC.SESS111610HACKLEY-Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, listens during Special Session of the Legislature Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
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