Ben Bradford

Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

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Call it the first debate in the race to be the next Governor of California. 

Three of the most prominent Democratic candidates running for the office in 2018 met at a California Charter Schools Association conference yesterday (Thursday). 

The talk focused on education, but as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the candidates showed outlines of their larger platforms.

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Governor Jerry Brown and the oil industry are both pushing to preserve California's struggling cap-and-trade program.  But that will require support from Democratic lawmakers who have doubts about the program.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California will have a vacant seat on its Supreme Court in September.  Justice Kathryn Werdegar announced she will retire after more than two decades on the state's top court.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports it could represent a major swing in the court's make-up.

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This week, California lawmakers will consider whether to add a ballot measure for the 2018 election.  The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on it's first bill this session -- a $3 billion parks bond.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Public officials in California must disclose e-mails under the state public records act, even if they come from their personal accounts.  The state Supreme Court issued that ruling yesterday (Thursday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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In what was called an extraordinary moment of incivility in the California Legislature, a Democratic state Senator ordered security to remove his Republican colleague from the floor of the Senate chamber yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains what happened.

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A vote in Congress has imperiled California's new state-run retirement program just as officials prepare to launch it.  The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday (Wednesday) to repeal a federal rule allowing the program.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Federal agencies are providing California with preliminary assistance for the Oroville Dam emergency.  That's in spite of some rumors President Donald Trump is withholding aid to the state, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Political party affiliation continues to strongly predict opinion in California on climate change, health care, and President Donald Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers are expediting three bills in order to shield immigrants from deportation after the election of President Donald Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that the third bill passed through its initial committee yesterday [Tuesday].

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President Donald Trump's executive order last week to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities prompted outrage and worry from California lawmakers who represent potentially-affected communities.  But a former Department of Justice immigration lawyer casts doubt on the executive order's power, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court has reacted to President Donald Trump's executive orders regarding immigration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has indicated his office will challenge President Donald Trump's executive order that bans travel from those 7 majority-Muslim countries.  Becerra is just not yet sure how he'll challenge it, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California air regulators are accusing another carmaker of building vehicles that pollute above legal limits, but not during emissions tests.  The state Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA both cited Fiat-Chrysler yesterday (Thursday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford report.

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Sluggish revenue could leave California with a $2-billion budget deficit next year.  Governor Jerry Brown led with that news when announcing his new spending plan yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The upcoming year will bring many variables for the California budget, including the possibility of economic slowdown and federal funding changes.  Governor Jerry Brown will give his first look today at how he plans to deal with that uncertainty, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California legislative Democrats promised steadfast defiance -- and GOPS expressed irritation -- as the Legislature officially put former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on retainer to represent California's interest in potential policy fights with the incoming Trump Administration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

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California lawmakers return to work today (Wednesday) for what promises to be a busy January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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As of January 1st, California no longer prevents additional welfare payments for families who have more children while receiving state aid.  Opponents of the maximum family grant called it discriminatory and invasive, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Major changes are taking place in the Golden State with regards to gun laws. Some new laws are already in effect, some kick in at the first of the year and other start later on. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford attempts to sort it out.

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Eight years after California voters approved bonds for a high speed rail train, the project is seeking to tap those funds.  The High Speed Rail Authority authorized the first use of Proposition 1-A bonds yesterday (Tuesday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the money comes with lots of strings and has prompted a new lawsuit.

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The return of California lawmakers to the state Capitol after an election is typically a ceremonial and celebratory affair.  Not this year.  In their first meeting since the election, Democratic leaders yesterday (Monday) doubled down on their opposition to the Trump Administration, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's largest state workers union will not go on strike today (Monday), as previously planned.  The union president canceled the strike late last week.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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With his announcement yesterday (Thursday) that he will nominate Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra to replace U.S. Senator-elect Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, Gov. Jerry Brown may have set off a domino effect of politicians seeking appointments or election to various vacancies that may be created  following Becerra's departure from his congressional seat.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has a report.

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California will elect its first new U.S. Senator in almost a quarter-century tomorrow (Tuesday), and the candidates -- both Democrats -- are making their final pitches to voters.  Well, one of them is.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the frontrunner in the race is campaigning hard, but not for the Senate seat she's running for. 

It was around this time of year in 2010 when a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana in California fell sharply in the polls.  Proposition 64 has so far avoided that fate, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Demographic changes in California combined with the unpopularity of Donald Trump have put three long-time Republican Congressional seats in play this election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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After years of decline, the number of television shows produced in California is on the rise.  Lawmakers and Hollywood attribute the increase to a tax incentive for filming in-state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford takes a look.

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For the second time this year, law enforcement shut down streets around the California Capitol and evacuated some offices.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed or vetoed more than a thousand bills this year, before his deadline of last Friday to act on measures passed by the Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on how that number of bills in California compares to other states.

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