This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- California senators advanced three immigration-related bills Tuesday, including a proposal to fund legal aid for immigrants in the state who face deportation .
- What has each member of California's congressional delegation said about President Trump's executive order on immigration? Find out your representative's position here .
- California's congressional Democrats came out forcefully against Trump's immigration directives over the weekend, while Republican members of Congress held their fire .
You can find our December news feed archive here .
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released a list of top targets looking ahead to the 2018 elections, and California's Republican delegation is a big part of it.
Of the 61 Republicans Democrats are looking to unseat nationwide, seven are Californians:
- CA-10: Jeff Denham (R-Turlock)
- CA-21: David Valadao (R-Hanford)
- CA-25: Steve Knight (R-Palmdale)
- CA-39: Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
- CA-45: Mimi Walters (R-Irvine)
- CA-48: Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa)
- CA-49: Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
All of these lawmakers represent districts carried by Hillary Clinton in the general election, with Valadao's district voting for Clinton over Trump by double-digit margins. Many of them seemed to win despite Trump in 2016 , out-polling him by at least several percentage points.
Issa and Denham won by the closest margins of the group, with Issa eking out a 51-49 win over Doug Applegate, who has already said he'll run again in 2018 . Denham overcame two-time challenger Michael Eggman by less than five percentage points.
Denham, Issa and Valadao were also among the top spenders in California on a per-vote basis in the November election, spending well above $30 per each vote they received.
In a memo, the Democratic committee noted Trump's low approval ratings and the fact that few presidents in history have seen their party gain seats in Congress during the first midterm elections.