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AM Alert: Rod Wright begins jail sentence

State Sen. Rod Wright appears at a sentencing hearing in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2014.
State Sen. Rod Wright appears at a sentencing hearing in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2014. The Associated Press

It’s Halloween, and former state Sen. Rod Wright may have this year’s scariest costume: jailbird.

The Baldwin Hills Democrat will be donning an orange jumpsuit today when he turns himself into Los Angeles County Jail to begin his 90-day sentence for perjury and voting fraud.

Wright was convicted in January of eight felony counts related to living outside the district he represented in the Senate. After numerous delays, a judge upheld the verdict in September and sentenced Wright to the jail time, as well as 1,500 hours of community service and three years’ probation.

Wright maintains that he did nothing wrong – “Life ain’t fair,” he told The Bee in August – but he resigned from office after his sentencing, less than halfway through his four-year term. A special election to replace him is set for Dec. 9.

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LET’S GOTV!: It’s the last weekend before the election, and candidates in close races are making their final pushes to get out the vote.

State superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson, locked in an extremely tight re-election contest, is hitting up events across the Bay Area over the next three days, including a Saturday rally in Cupertino for longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of San Jose, who is facing a serious intraparty challenge from Ro Khanna, and a Sunday precinct walk in Dublin for Democrat Tim Sbranti, whose showdown with Republican Catharine Baker for the open 16th Assembly District has drawn lots of outside spending.

Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach is leading Republican volunteers into northern Orange County on Saturday and Sunday to walk for Young Kim, who stands a very good chance of taking out Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, on Tuesday.

Vice President Joe Biden will be back in California on Saturday to headline an event in Colton for Democrats Pete Aguilar, who is seeking to replace a Republican incumbent in the 31st Congressional District, and Secretary of State candidate Alex Padilla, running for the most competitive partisan statewide office this fall.

SENIOR CITIZENSHIP: The California Senior Legislature’s 34th annual weeklong session at the Capitol has come to a close and the group will announce its state and federal legislative priorities during a press conference at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1190. Will any of those policies resurface when our elected lawmakers return next year? With this bloc of well-informed, high-turnout voters, it’s always possible.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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