This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he intends to open a satellite attorney general's office in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to fight the Trump administration.
- The results from California's latest cap-and-trade auction are in, and revenue from the sale of pollution credits was weak.
- A bill that would set up a state-funded legal aid system for immigrants will be amended by its author to allow those with criminal records to apply for assistance.
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.