This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen announced on Thursday that he'll run for governor in 2018.
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuffed criticisms of her leadership of Democrats, saying she's "worth the trouble, quite frankly."
- An effort to ask voters to expand the size of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors cleared another hurdle in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Even in a time when Democrats settle their differences quickly when it comes to California's state budget, this year's finale was marked by a series of bitter political debates.
On this week's episode of the California Politics Podcast, we take a look at that intense debate over proposals to change the duties of a state tax board and the rules governing recall elections. We also step back and look at the final policy agreements on healthcare funding and social services programs.
And for our second topic, we offer up a list of California politicians who have found their way into the spotlight during the early days of President Trump's administration.
I'm joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos of KQED News.