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.