Gov. Rick Scott gave state lawmakers the hard sell in a measured and positive State of the State speech Tuesday, urging them to embrace his vision of a transformed Florida that would serve as a national model of job creation with fewer taxes and less regulation on businesses.
Scott acknowledged his long line of critics, but told lawmakers to stare them down.
"Don't blink," he said in the biggest applause line, drawing a standing ovation. "Don't let special interests persuade you to turn your backs on the people who elected you."