This week in Tallahassee, the candidates are off to the races - officially, at least - as they file their paperwork and pay their fees to secure spots on 2018 ballots.
And those ballots in Florida could be more crowded than usual thanks to several city and county commission seats that opened up unexpectedly and other factors, including an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in City Hall - and the presidency of Donald Trump.
As of Friday afternoon, 38 people had filed to run for the Tallahassee City Commission, the Leon County Commission and the Leon County School Board. That doesn't include a few candidates who filed and already dropped out.
At this point four years ago, significantly fewer candidates had filed to run. And of the 26 who did, seven didn't make the ballot because they either withdrew or failed to qualify.
Sean Pittman, a Tallahassee lawyer, lobbyist and political consultant, said Trump is one reason why.
"With Donald Trump at the helm, there is a huge awareness and attention on politics and government,' Pittman said. "More people than ever are deciding that they want to be at the table to have a say in the direction of their city, county or state. It's a really good thing.'
In California, so many Democrats ran in several GOP congressional districts that there were fears the vote would be so splintered that none of them would make fall runoffs. That didn't materialize after primary voting earlier this month, however.
And in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reported that Trump has loomed large across the ballot in Massachusetts this year, "permeating the dialogue and campaign messaging in races that are usually dominated by local, not federal, issues."
In Lexington, the Globe reported that Michelle Ciccolo, who is one of five Democratic candidates vying for a House seat, said there's a need to "push back on the regressive efforts coming out of Washington' - even when talking about local transportation and school funding.
"I don't think we get to pretend that what's happening on the national level isn't affecting us on the local level,' Ciccolo told the Globe.
"I think that every campaign is considering what Trump means to their election cycle,' said Jay Cincotti, a Democratic campaign operative, told the Globe. "If your opponent is an unabashed Trump supporter, that's an easier tie to make. If your opponent has supported positions that the president has supported, like immigration, that's easy to make.
"But if I'm running for state rep,' he said, "and I'm using Trump for the sake of Trump, it could have voters scratching their heads.'
Two people were killed Monday when a roughly 75-foot- tall tree fell onto a two-story house in the Point Loma Heights area.
Tragedy struck Monday in Point Loma Heights where a couple reportedly visiting from North Dakota died when a 75-foot tall Torrey Pine fell on the house. A fellow business owner from Grand Forks, North Dakota, identified the victims as Troy and Jessica Nelson – owners of Trojan Promotions.
The highest king tides of the year peaked early Monday morning. All along San Diego’s coasts this weekend, News 8 captured footage of big waves and some flooding.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has organized a fun and informative event to take place this Saturday. Beer + BBQ kicks off at noon at Thorn Brewing Co.’s Barrio Logan location (1745 National Ave).
San Diegans are celebrating a Jewish holiday on Monday. Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of a new year for trees.
Parenting children of any age comes with unique challenges. Reena B. Patel - a parenting expert, licensed educational psychologist, and author - visited Morning Extra with positive parenting tips for families with kids of all ages.
In Monday’s Daily Dose, we’ve got a tour around San Diego your belly will thank you for. San Diego Restaurant Week allows you to explore your favorite areas and score great deals on food along the way.
A rare spectacle in the sky captivated people around the world on Sunday night – including those here in San Diego. A lunar eclipse of the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon” was a stunning sight for dozens who gathered at Balboa Park.
Three San Diego police patrol vehicles were damaged Monday during a brief pursuit of a suspected drunken driver in the Point Loma Heights area.
County offices including libraries and animal shelters are closed Monday, Jan. 21 for the federal holiday in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.