R ICK SCOTT: The two-term Republican governor is in his last year in office and would like his final session to be triumphant, especially if, as expected, he runs for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Bill Nelson. Scott and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature have had a rocky history, with the CEO-style governor not inclined to cut deals while also aggressively using the line-item veto to erase billions of dollars in hometown spending. Scott sets the tone for the two-month session with his opening-day State of the State address on Jan. 9.
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