| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:07 AM
State Rep. Jim Waldman has one pretty clear message regarding his 2016 candidacy for Florida Senate: Everyone’s behind me, so nobody else ought to bother running.
(Memo to former State Sen. Skip Campbell, who held the seat until he was forced from...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, says there’s a big hole in the argument used to justify the latest attempt by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to change voter rules.
The controversy stems from a special...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Original post | 5:43 p.m. Dec. 6
Updated | 11:45 a.m., 12:43 p.m. and 3:36 Dec. 7
Black political leaders from South Florida, along with many others, are speaking out about Thursday’s death of South African statesman Nelson Mandela.
Two of the...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 1:10 PM
The hottest race for Broward County Commission is in northeast Broward, where a fifth candidate has joined the Democratic competition.
Terry Williams Edden, who previously ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in District 39 (Chris Smith is the senator...
| Oct 23, 2013
After months of controversy over Florida's "stand your ground" law, some fixes for its worst flaws could finally be on the way. This month a state Senate panel approved a measure that would modify the law that became notorious for delaying George...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:00 PM
If politics makes strange bedfellows, then the state Senate's latest run at Florida's deplorable "stand your ground" law offers — in a good way — a textbook example.
On Monday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee debated a bipartisan...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Gregory J. Smith, a sports consultant and former chief operating officer of the Maryland Stadium Authority, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Lake-Walker resident was 48.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Dennis...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 12:05 PM
Senator Smith began his public service by serving on local boards with in the City of Fort Lauderdale. In 1995 he was appointed to the City's Planning and Zoning Board. At a time of tremendous development within the City of Fort Lauderdale, Senator...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:27 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
But gun-rights groups...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:13 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- TALLAHASSEE – Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale and state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, were featured on Fox News show “Justice with Judge Janine” Sunday night to debate the Stand Your Ground...
| May 3, 2013
| 2:54 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Senate Democrats have chosen Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, to be the next Senate Democratic leader to succeed Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, in 2014.
The Florida Democratic Party announced the news this afternoon as lawmakers...