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This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:

  • California legislators adjourn for a month-long summer recess Friday.
  • A commission looking into the results of the California Democratic Party leadership vote will announce its findings Saturday.
  • After receiving pressure to step down because of his cap-and-trade vote, Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes held a caucus meeting Thursday to discuss his role. Mayes remains in his leadership post, but another top Assembly Republican stepped down from hers in protest.

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