I'm Christina Bellantoni, today's Essential Politics host, wondering how it's only Thursday.
But this action-packed week is really just getting started.
We’ll begin with a Los Angeles congressman who has been pounding the pavement, traveling from union halls to drab campaign phone bank centers to convince voters that
He's the highest ranking Latino in Congress and is prominent in Democratic leadership. But with no clear path to more power in the House, what's his next move? Should things work out for Clinton, he could have more options.
Sarah Wire observed him on the campaign trail in Las Vegas to get a sense of how his efforts might pay off in 2017.
THE REPUBLICANS IN A FEW CLICKS
A campaign rally for Jeb Bush turned into an intervention Wednesday, with multiple members of the audience giving the former Florida governor advice on how to fix his campaign.
As Seema Mehta reports, voters normally grill candidates on policy, but people used Bush's event at a golf course to offer conflicting suggestions on how to improve his chances in South Carolina on Saturday.
From saying they would mount a totally different policy toward Cuba to Sen. Ted Cruz bursting out in song, three of the Republican hopefuls took questions from voters at a CNN town hall Wednesday night. Our team was all over it. There's another one tonight with the other three, and we'll be all over that too.
THE DEMOCRATS IN A FEW CLICKS
Campaign organizers for Clinton and Sen.
Though Democrats are sparse in these pockets of the state, rural counties are allotted more delegates than their population would be granted under a system of proportional representation. While 8% of Nevada Democrats live in rural areas, they account for 12% of caucus delegates and can be a fruitful target for candidates willing to traverse parched swaths of desert dotted by Joshua trees in search of support.
Mark Z. Barabak explains why polling in Nevada is troublesome, making Saturday's results for the Democrats difficult to predict.
It's worth noting that in 2008, Clinton won the popular vote in Nevada, while then-Sen.
Team Clinton is targeting voters with a robocall portraying Sanders as anti-Obama, using comments he made on a radio show nearly five years ago. Listen.
TRACK THE STORY IN NEVADA AND SOUTH CAROLINA
David Lauter will be back tomorrow with our afternoon weekly newsletter, but the news doesn't stop Friday. We'll have robust coverage from our reporters on the campaign trail in both states, a new podcast looking at the importance of Saturday's two contests and live results on Trail Guide. Join us!
Until then, here's a Throwback Thursday look back at what a Las Vegas caucus site looked like eight years ago. I took this video from The Rio, an off-the-strip casino.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
George Skelton remembers covering a nation's shock after a college student shouted "liar, liar pants on fire" at President Reagan 32 years ago. Those days are long gone, he writes, as today's politicians don't even pretend to be civil.
— Legislators in Sacramento are just about out of time to submit new bills for 2016. On Wednesday, we saw legislation ranging from an effort to bolster the privacy of student data to a measure aiming to reduce wage gaps by racial group. We'll keep tracking the most notable ideas on our Essential Politics news feed.
— A law signed by Gov.
— Brown on Wednesday called on the state to spend $176.6 million to speed up the testing and cleanup of potentially thousands of lead-contaminated homes surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, Tony Barboza reports.
— Curious who might get Obama's Supreme Court nod? There's an interactive for that.