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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. Gwen Graham smacks Florida Legislature over fracking

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    Presumed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham of Tallahassee is taking shots at Republican legislators over a bill that would allow Florida Power & Light to charge customers for investments in natural gas fracking operations in other states and also for not yet moving on on a House bill that would ban fracking in Florida.

    "“Out of touch politicians in Tallahassee are moving to allow fracking in Florida — and they want to make Florida families pay for it. I've spent years fighting to stop fracking because I know our water and state's unique geology could be harmed by even limited fracking," Graham said in a statement. "We must stop Republicans from passing this bill and finally ban fracking in Florida once and for all."...

  2. Like Trump, Richard Corcoran accused of admiring Moscow-style leadership

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    That's the tongue in cheek charge from Miami Beach mayor and likely Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine, a staunch critic of the Florida legislature's efforts to bar local governments from -- among other things -- restricting travel rental sites like Airbnb in their communities. Levine, a wealthy entrepreneur, notes that Warren Buffet lets the management of companies he invests in make their own decisions about what's best for the businesses....

    Richard Corcoran accused of Soviet-style leadership
  3. Fla Dem chair says GOP will lose at least three Fla Senate seats in '18

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    From the News Service of Florida:

    Despite "disheartening" losses in November that left Republican in control of the White House and the U.S. Senate, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel said this week his party will bounce back --- including winning state Senate seats in 2018.

    Speaking to the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee on Monday, Bittel said Democrats next year "absolutely" will win state Senate seats held by Hialeah Republican Rene Garcia, Miami Republican Frank Artiles and Tampa Republican Dana Young. Garcia cannot run again because of term limits, while Artiles and Young are freshman members of the Senate. Also, Bittel said if the national mood sours further toward President Donald Trump, Democrats could pick up five state Senate seats, bringing them to parity for the first time since the 1990s....

  4. Poll: 74% of Floridians think independents should vote in party primaries

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    A newly released robo poll by funded by several election reform groups found that nearly three in four Floridians, 74 percent, think independent voters should be allowed to vote in the primary elections. Voters not affiliated with a political party account for about 27 percent of the Florida electorate, but are currently barred from participating in taxpayer funded primary elections.

    “If the Constitution Revision Commission is listening to Florida voters, they will put a referendum on the 2018 ballot for open primaries. The big question is will they listen. There is a growing sense among voters in Florida and across the country that no one is really listening,” said John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries....

    Party leaders say they are private associations, but open primary advocates note that all taxpayers foot the bill for these 'private' elections
  5. Look at the Floridians landing the best Trump administration jobs

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    Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential administration gig is someone who struggled to get confirmed by fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate....

    Jesse Panuccio has the number three job at Justice
  6. For now, Jesse Panuccio is the highest ranking Floridian in Trump's administration

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    Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential administration gig is someone who struggled to get confirmed by fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate....

    Jesse Panuccio, former executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is acting associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice. [Associated Press (2015)]
  7. Pam Bondi fuels speculation with visit to White House

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    Attorney General Pam Bondi may or may not wind up with a Trump administration job that months ago was widely assumed by her friends and allies to be imminent, but on Wednesday she will moderate President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Women’s Empowerment Panel at the White House. 

    Panelists include U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma....

    Pam Bondi was the first statewide elected official in Florida to endorse Trump
  8. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week...

  9. Pros predict Corcoran gubernatorial run

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    With so much hostility between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, we've heard speculation that Corcoran could be preparing to challenge Scott for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination rather than run 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 Senate and 4 percent predicted he won't run for any office....

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

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    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. ...

  11. '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
  12. 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....

  13. 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?
  14. $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
  15. 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.