Monday, December 11, 2017

Writers

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.



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...
Published: 12/02/17
Updated: 12/09/17
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Florida Democrats mostly quiet as John Conyers faces calls to resign

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan is facing mounting allegations of sexual harassment and growing calls ó including one from Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ó that he resign the seat he has held since the 1960s.So what do Florida Democrats...
Published: 12/02/17
this is an icon for the democratic party, to be used in sunday perspective

Mar-a-Lago visits a blessing and a curse

WASHINGTON ó After pardoning a turkey, President Donald Trump got down to his real Thanksgiving tradition: a visit to Mar-a-Lago.On Wednesday afternoon, the president and first lady Melania Trump departed for Palm Beach, marking the...
Updated one month ago
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 anotherís (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous:...
Updated one month ago
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 mayorís race

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

Latvalaís 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,...
Updated one month ago
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 anotherís (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous:...
Updated one month ago
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

Letís 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: 2 months 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 Cristís career couldnít get any weirder,...
Updated one month ago