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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday blasted President Trump’s move to allow increased offshore drilling, saying he ought to drill in the waters off his Palm Beach, Fla., resort rather than California. (Jan. 23, 2018)

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday blasted President Trump’s move to allow increased offshore drilling, saying he ought to drill in the waters off his Palm Beach, Fla., resort rather than California.

“Don’t touch California. If you want to drill, do it off Mar-a-Lago,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “Or better yet, look to the future, follow CA’s lead & go green and we can all breathe easier. The US’s largest economy is nearly 50% renewable. #ProtectThePacific

“Our fishing, tourism, and recreation industries employ hundreds of thousands of great people. Our coasts are an economic gold mine. Do not put them at risk,” Schwarzenegger added in a second tweet.

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Did you miss the new USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national poll? It found President Trump ends his first year in a notably weakened position.

About 1 in 8 people who approved of Trump's job performance when we did our last national poll in April now disapprove. Very few have moved in the opposite direction.

As important, in April, about 1 in 7 people said it was too early to make up their minds about Trump's job performance. Because our poll repeatedly queries the same panel of people (just over 3,800 respondents in the current survey), we know that most of those who were uncertain then have made up their minds now. And by about 2 to 1, they've gone against Trump.

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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

A state lawmaker said she will attempt to block a proposed November 2018 ballot measure that could hand taxpayers a bill for the cost of lead paint cleanup. 

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) said she will introduce legislation to combat a proposed $2-billion bond sponsored by three large paint companies, ConAgra, NL Industries and Sherwin-Williams. If passed, the bond would nullify a state appellate court judgment requiring the companies to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remediate health hazards caused by lead paint in homes. Instead, under the bond, state taxpayers would assume those costs. 

Garcia called the paint companies’ measure “abusive.”

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  • California in Congress
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein, left, and Kamala Harris.
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein, left, and Kamala Harris. (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted no on an effort to end the government shutdown Monday, saying they don’t have the assurances they need that a legislative fix for the so-called Dreamers will happen.

The funding measure, which needed 60 votes and allows the Senate to move forward to reopen the government, passed Monday by a 81-18 vote, signaling the three-day government shutdown will end soon. The House already passed a stop-gap spending bill with nearly party-line support and is expected to quickly bring up the Senate measure and give it final approval.

An agreement to end the shut down came together with an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate will vote on a legislative fix for Dreamers by Feb. 8, the day the stop-gap funding runs out.

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Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove)
Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

California Republicans are trying to turn the tide of opinion over the unpopular GOP tax bill ahead of the midterm elections.

Over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine)  joined four other Republican House members from California to publish an op-ed in the Orange County Register defending the bill. The editorial, written by Walters, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, and Reps. Ed Royce of Fullerton, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove, and Steve Knight of Palmdale, is part of a larger messaging war between the two parties over the massive tax overhaul passed late last year.

Walters, McClintock and Knight are among the targeted Republicans in this year’s midterms; Royce, facing a similarly competitive race, announced recently he would not seek reelection.

California state lawmakers are angling for another fight with the Trump administration, this time to revive federal net neutrality rules that they say are crucial to a fair, open and free internet.

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Politicians courting endorsements from influential activists and party groups are used to being grilled on their policy positions or voting records. But in the #MeToo era, they’re facing blunt questions on potential sexual harassment skeletons in the closet.

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On an issue where the stakes were already high, California elected officials have ramped up their criticism of a promised crackdown on illegal immigration and lack of action on Capitol Hill in solving the problem facing hundreds of thousands of young residents.

This week’s California Politics Podcast takes a closer look at threats by President Trump’s administration to conduct raids in search of those in the country illegally, and the political stalemate over the status of so-called Dreamers.

We also discuss the likely measures which will earn a spot on the November statewide ballot. And we examine whether statewide races for positions other than governor or U.S. senator will be able to break through by the time of the primary election in June.