This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- A scathing state audit says University of California President Janet Napolitano's office failed to disclose surplus cash and paid some staffers high salaries.
- An effort to ban the so-called '"Netflix tax" on streaming video failed in an Assembly committee.
- Challengers have emerged for two Republican incumbents, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton).
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.”