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.'
San Diego officials and residents held commemorative events around the county Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 crash.
In 1978, the PSA Flight 182 crash killed 144 people and scattered wreckage across North Park, San Diego. On Tuesday surviving family members and first responders came together for a commemoration event at Grossmont College.
A popular Oceanside bar has lost its liquor license. The owners of Firewater Saloon claim the city is trying to run their business out of town. Officials say the suspension is because of disorderly activity on the premises.
After 35-years in business, the Chula Vista RV Resort will be shutting its doors on February 1, 2019.
September 25, 1978 is a date imprinted in the memories of many San Diegans. Those that lived here – and elsewhere – remember the shocking images of plane wreckage on fire and homes ablaze following the crash of PSA Flight 182, which was 40 years ago Tuesday.
If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election, the deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 22.
San Diego Gas & Electric announced on Tuesday the activation of a 15-mile transmission line from Sycamore Canyon to Penasquitos to improve electrical reliability.
You can check out a rarely seen portion of the Ramona Grasslands Preserve, but only for a limited time!