Award-winning journalist Adam Smith, the former political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, has joined the St. Pete Catalyst with a weekly podcast focused on politics in Florida.
Political Party features video conversations with key players, both Democrat and Republican. “I’m a political junkie,” Smith said. “So if I’m talking to friends in politics on both sides of the aisle, the idea is ‘This is that conversation.’ It’s a live conversation, recorded.”
The first episode, premiering today, is with “a couple of the smartest people in politics,” Smith explained, “Democratic consultant Matthew Isbell and Republican consultant Nick Hansen. Just talking about why Pinellas is the bellwether for the presidential election. It’s the ultimate swing county.”
Pinellas County voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for Donald Trump in 2016. “Pinellas,” said Smith, “is going to tell us who the next president is.”
Political Party, he added, will cover local, regional and state politics, “based on what’s happening.
“So I think it’s a good opportunity not just to talk about campaigns or races, but issues and the things people are talking about. Very casual, very informal, and hopefully fun.”
Smith’s podcast joins St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin’s Just Getting Started, author and journalist Craig Pittman’s Welcome to Florida and the SPx business podcast, hosted by Catalyst publisher Joe Hamilton.