With more than $650,000 distributed last week, the state doled out a record $12.96 million in matching funds to this year’s statewide candidates, a 31.5 percent increase over the 2018 election cycle.

Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner on Thursday named Rep. Michael Grant as majority leader and Rep. Chuck Clemons as speaker pro tempore for the next two years.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that state offices will be closed Nov. 23, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, giving workers a few extra days off around the holidays.