This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- California has been building up regulations and legislation for decades that could dash Trump's offshore drilling hopes.
- Here's where California's GOP members of Congress stand on the latest healthcare proposal.
- California's April tax revenue outlooks: Not so good.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the California Politics Podcast.
Rep. Ted Lieu hasn't stopped messing with President Trump on Twitter.
This week's episode revolved around Lieu's Thursday town hall and featured actress Kathy Griffin: "Full capacity, no Russian agents."
Lieu has been aggressively poking Trump on Twitter since he was inaugurated, and as he told Times columnist Steve Lopez last month:
“Michelle Obama had that beautiful line, ‘When they go low, we go high,’” said Lieu. “I thought about it a lot. But I also thought, ‘We lost the election.’ My view now is that when they go low, we fight back.”