Political editor of the Southeast's largest newspaper since 2001, Adam Smith was named one of the country's Top 10 political reporters by the Columbia Journalism Review. He focuses on state and national politics.
Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government,...
State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018. A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today on Treasure Island with top supporters and political consultants. Latvala told the Times/Herald last week that his interest in running for governor is real and he expects to make a decision later in the summer.
Maybe multi-millionaire Miami Beach businessman Philip Levine was just trying to be provocative, earn a little extra attention as mulls a run for governor. Maybe he was just spitballing an unlikely idea before the Tampa Tiger Bay luncheon Friday. But the Miami Beach Mayor and close friend of Bill Clinton said he is keeping the door wide open to running for governor as an independent candidate.
The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested the man they say was driving a stolen SUV in a hit-and-run that injured a 14-year-old bicyclist on Monday. Christopher Michael Try, 20, of Hudson, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and misdemeanor charge of reckless driving following his arrest on Wednesday night around 10:20 p.m., according to the FHP. Try is being held at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center with bail set at $10,500, according to the FHP.