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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. Meet the new president of the Florida Democratic Party

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    Florida Democratic Chairman Stephen Bittel is hiring the former top administrator of the Idaho Democratic Party, Sally Boynton Brown, to be the Florida party's new "president," which for some reason is the new term for executive director.

    Brown, who earlier this year ran unsuccessfully for Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, succeeds Scott Arceneaux, the top party administrator for seven years....

    Sally Boynton Brown
  2. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Loser of the week...

  3. Two Democrats stand out in governor race

    State Roundup

    Four of the five top contenders for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination spoke to voters in Tampa Bay on Friday. Two stood out: Andrew Gillum, the 37-year-old, largely unknown mayor of Tallahassee, and John Morgan, the 61-year-old, widely known personal injury lawyer from the Orlando area.

    Gillum brought Democrats roaring to their feet in Manatee County with a soaring speech about being raised by a hardworking dad who never got past fourth grade, and a mother who never got past high school....

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  4. In big field of Democratic candidates for governor, two stand out so far

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    Four of the five top contenders for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination spoke to voters in Tampa Bay on Friday. Two stood out: Andrew Gillum, the 37-year-old, largely unknown mayor of Tallahassee, and John Morgan, the 61-year-old, widely known personal injury lawyer from the Orlando area.

    Gillum brought Democrats roaring to their feet in Manatee County with a soaring speech about being raised by a hard-working dad who never got past fourth grade, and a mother who never got past high school. Democrats need a nominee who will take a progressive agenda to every corner of the Sunshine State, including the conservative Panhandle, where Floridian families struggle to make ends meet and vent over high-stakes testing in schools just like elsewhere in Florida....

    The Democratic field
  5. John Morgan charms Tampa Tiger Bay Club with talk of Jesus, getting drunk

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — In nearly 90 minutes before an overflow crowd Friday, John Morgan politicized Jesus, sprinkled in assorted profanities, suggested pharmaceutical companies "are in the business of premeditated murder" and talked unapologetically about getting drunk.

    By the end of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon, even the few Republicans in the room confessed to being thoroughly charmed by the wealthy, personal injury lawyer with the Kentucky drawl mulling a run for governor....

    Personal injury lawyer John Morgan speaks to guests of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa on Friday.  

There is a lot of speculation that he might run for governor in 2018. (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)
  6. John Morgan: I was not drunk that night at Boots N Buckles

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    More to come later, but John Morgan charmed an overflow crowd at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club today, where he was asked about that 2014 viral video of him, drink in hand, addressing a crowd at the Boots N Buckles saloon in Lakeland while campaigning to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Good question, considering how many of the people who doubt Morgan's strength as a candidate mention booze. (Morgan was charged with driving under the influence in 1997 and 1993.)...

    Personal injury lawyer John Morgan speaks to guests of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa on Friday.
  7. Florida Insiders: John Morgan is strongest Dem for governor, but Gwen Graham probably wins primary

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    Personal injury lawyer John Morgan is scheduled to address the Tampa Tiger Bay Club today, which means Florida's political world once again considers whether he does or does not sound like a probable candidate. The man himself tells me he is more likely to run than I suspect he is, but many of Florida's savviest political operators also have their doubts.

    Our latest Florida Insider Poll finds that nearly 70 percent of the 188 campaign consultants, political scientists, party activists, money-raisers and lobbyists we surveyed doubt the wealthy Orlando area attorney who bankrolled the successful medical marijuana ballot initiative will enter the race....

    Our latest Florida Insider Poll finds that nearly 70 percent of the 188 campaign consultants, political scientists, party activists, money-raisers and lobbyists we surveyed doubt the wealthy Orlando area attorney who bankrolled the successful medical marijuana ballot initiative will enter the race.
  8. Fla Insider voices: Was Sen. Frank Artiles wearing his NextEra/Florida Power jacket while hurling racial slurs?

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    The lobbyists, campaign professionals, activists and other political elites participating in this month's Florida Insider Poll had little sympathy for embattled state Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. Tomorrow, we'll bring you their views on the 2018 field of gubernatorial candidates, Trump's first 100 days and more, but here are their unfiltered comments. (We allow them to weigh in anonymously in these surveys to encourage honest assessments.)...

  9. Fla Insider Poll: Sen. Artiles should resign or be booted from office

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    The votes are still coming in on our latest Florida Insider Poll launched this morning, but so far there is an overwhelming consensus among Florida political elites and conventional wisdom setters about state Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami: He needs to go.

    Artiles apologized on the Florida Senate floor today for making racist comments to legislative colleagues. But among more than 140160 180 political pros, lobbyists, campaign fundraisers, and assorted other veterans of Florida politics surveyed in today's Insider poll, that should not be the end of the story. More than three in four, 75 percent, said Artiles should resign from the legislature. That includes more than six in 10 two thirds of Artiles' fellow Republicans participating so far in the survey....

    Artiles in happier times, with then-Rep. Alan Williams, in 2016
  10. Lenny Curry vs. Pat Neal for Florida CFO

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    Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Manatee County developer Pat Neal, in that order, are widely seen as Rick Scott's most likely picks for Chief Financial Officer -- a stepping stone away from governor -- after Republican Jeff Atwater steps down after the legislative session ends (knock on wood) in a couple weeks. Yes, state Rep. and Sarasota GOP Chairman Joe Gruters and others are still in the mix, but Curry and Neal are the most common predictions we hear from folks in Rick Scott world....

    Pat Neal, left, Lenny Curry, right
  11. Chris King staffs up for tough governor's race

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    Chris King, the little-known political rookie running for the Democratic guberanatorial nomination announced new campaign hires. From a release:

    Zach Learner, COO and General Counsel: Zach Learner will lead day-to-day operations for the King campaign. Zach previously served as voter protection director for the 2016 Clinton campaign in Florida and the 2014 Crist campaign, as well as working on both Obama campaigns in Florida. He attended the University of Miami School of Law....

    King
  12. Why I hope John Morgan runs for governor but doubt he will

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    TAMPA — You don't have to like Donald Trump to acknowledge that the wealthy, unscripted and impulsive president has been a remarkable force in American politics. He defied the doubters, upended the establishment and has energized citizens and journalists alike.

    John Morgan, the oft-advertised "For the People" personal injury lawyer, has a similarly common touch, blunt style and populist instincts. That's why so many see Morgan as a potentially game-changing candidate for Florida governor in 2018. He's scheduled to speak to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday....

    In this photo from October 2014, John Morgan rides in United for Care bus on his way to debate Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd over Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure.
  13. Why I hope John Morgan runs for Florida governor, but doubt he will

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — You don't have to like Donald Trump to acknowledge that the wealthy, unscripted and impulsive president has been a remarkable force in American politics. He defied the doubters, upended the establishment and has energized citizens and journalists alike.

    John Morgan, the oft-advertised "For the People" personal injury lawyer, has a similarly common touch, blunt style and populist instincts. That's why so many see Morgan as a potentially game-changing candidate for Florida governor in 2018. He's scheduled to speak to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday....

    In this photo from October 2014, John Morgan rides in United for Care bus on his way to debate Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd over Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure. (CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)
  14. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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    Winner of the week
    David Richardson. The retired forensic auditor and state representative from Miami Beach has proven to be a dynamo at exposing the lack of accountability for private prison operators who keep getting l...

  15. Nelson strong in poll of Floridians

    State Roundup

    A 50-state survey by Morning Consult on the approval ratings of every senator and governor last week offered good news and bad for Sen. Bill Nelson as Florida's top Democrat heads toward an expected 2018 challenge from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

    Nelson's good news in the January to March survey of 8,793 Florida voters: 53 percent of voters approve of Nelson's performance and 26 percent disapprove, giving him a higher net favorability (net +27) than either Scott (+21) or Sen. Marco Rubio (+14)....

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, raises his microphone to be heard during debate in the House during the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee, April 30, 2013.