This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- Democrats in Congress said they received news from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Thursday that they "should expect many more arrests and removals this year."
- State lawmakers are considering making election day a paid holiday in California.
- Pointing out the unpopularity of Congress, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched an effort on Tuesday in support of overhauling redistricting rules in states across the nation.
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez just got a big boost in the race for the 34th Congressional District.
Gomez won the California Democratic Party endorsement in a little-publicized meeting of local party activists over the weekend, with 56 of 58 votes going to him.
With nearly 60% of voters in the district registered as Democrats, the official stamp of approval from the state party could go a long way in the already crowded April 4 primary.