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.'
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego looked like a top team in Sunday's doubleheader opener, and Philadelphia resembled the out-of-contention club.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.