This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- A legislative analysis released on Monday puts the total cost of a single-payer healthcare system in California would be $400 billon a year.
- Democrats say they want to know why the microphone of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) was cut off during her speech to the African American caucus on Saturday.
- Kimberly Ellis, who lost her bid to lead the California Democratic Party by a razor-thin margin, called on Sunday for an audit of the vote.
Thousands of Democrats are gathering in Sacramento this weekend for a convention full of political questions, perhaps more than at any time in a generation.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a closer look at some of the biggest items to watch. That includes a fascinating -- and intense -- race for leader of the state party, and how Democratic candidates for governor will be seeking some early support from key constituencies in Sacramento.
I'm joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos of KQED News.