Adam C. Smith, Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

Political Editor

I've never wanted to be anything except be a reporter, other than a rock star or astronaut. As political editor I focus on state and national politics and am extraordinarily lucky to live and work in Tampa Bay, the biggest battleground region of America's biggest and most interesting battleground state, I have two daughters, a son, and a rescue mutt. I grew up in New York City and graduated from a Kenyon College, a liberal arts school that had no journalism class but plenty of Plato and Aristotle. I am a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I drink way too much coffee, and I always want to hear news tips and/or story ideas.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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†Winner of the week

Trump sends Junior to stump for DeSantis, Gaetz

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, turns in a personal check for $1,200 to the Office of Open Government. The fee paid to fulfill her public records request for all correspondence relating to Florida Governor Rick Scott's office and the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. 14 people died at the facility as a result of Hurricane Irma.
Donald Trump is coming to Florida to campaign for two of his biggest cable news cheerleaders, Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Unfortunately for them, its not..

Hundreds hold hands against offshore drilling on gulf beaches

Dominic Girard, 3, from New Port Richey, Fla., plays on in the surf while a large crowd holds hands along the water for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday on Indian Rocks Beach. 
This is an annual event held globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable, clean energy solutions. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times
CLEARWATER ó A couple of hundred beach lovers, including assorted local and federal elected officials, clasped hands on Clearwater Beach Saturday to draw a line in the sand against offshore...

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Gov. Rick Scott is running for the U.S. Senate, which he made official at an event in Orlando. [Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS]
Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott:Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governorís periodic and brief...

Democratic PAC targets Scottís Senate chances

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Parkland, Fla., school shootings and school safety, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) DCJM109