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State Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of eight felonies related to living outside the district he represents. Three GOP senators aren’t satisfied that he’s taking a leave.

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  • By the numbers

    California is home to a quarter of the nation’s foreign-born residents, and they make up more than a quarter of California’s 38 million residents, according to a new Census Bureau report. The report also reveals that nearly a quarter of the nation’s noncitizens under 35 years old – 2.3 million people – are found in California. No other state comes even close to California’s number of foreign-born residents, 10.2 million. The state with the next-largest number, New York, has 4.3 million.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Republican senators want a vote on ousting Wright

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 12:00 am

Republican senators want

a vote on ousting Wright

One day after Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced state Sen. Rod Wright will take an indefinite paid leave of absence, three GOP senators said they will push for Wright’s expulsion during today’s floor session.

Republican Sens. Steve Knight, Joel Anderson and Andy Vidak said they will move for a two-thirds vote on a resolution to expel Wright – several weeks after a Los Angeles County jury found the Baldwin Hills Democrat guilty of eight counts of voter fraud and perjury related to charges he lied about where he lived.

Steinberg said the “Republican resolutions will be addressed if they are brought up on the floor,” adding that “Senator Wright has taken a leave of absence until his criminal case is resolved. He’s not coming back unless the judge sets aside the verdict. Period.”

Wright’s case is one of two causing Steinberg discomfort. On Monday, Steinberg gave Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, a week to resign or be suspended over his indictment on corruption charges.

Asked if Calderon should quit, Gov. Jerry Brown said, “I respect the other branch to handle their members in the way they see fit.”

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“Don’t worry, I’m watching the calendar.”

GOV. JERRY BROWN, asked Wednesday about the March 7 deadline for filing re-election paperwork



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