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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California lawmakers leading a review of sexual harassment policies - including a lawmaker from the IE - proposed their first change, following an outcry over widspread misconduct in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.  The Democrat sent a letter to supporters this week blaming the media for his predicament.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses.  Capital Public Radios' Ben Bradford reports the Assembly is undertaking a tricky, public self-reform that began with a hearing yesterday (Tuesday).

California prosecutors must proactively tell defense attorneys about information that could exonerate their  clients, under new ethics rules adopted this month.

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California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  And a California state Senator was stripped of his committee chairships yesterday, as attention on what is called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol continues. 

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The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry.

During his trip to Europe this week, California Governor Jerry Brown is urging foreign governments to bypass the Trump administration and coordinate with states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford looks at how far the governor can wade into international diplomacy.

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Speaking in Brussels at the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday), California Governor Jerry Brown says the state should link its signature climate change program, cap-and-trade, to it's European counterpart.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, that could make it less expensive for businesses to cut  emissions, but also to introduce more risk.

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Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the state Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on what they would like to see change.

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Public hearings into allegations of widespread sexual harassment and abuse at the California state Capitol will begin next month in the state Assembly.  Democratic lawmakers proposed the hearings yesterday (Tuesday) after nearly 150 women in California politics published a letter last week in the Los Angeles Times detailing pervasive mistreatment.  Capitol Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.  That's as a lawsuit by 19 states goes forward challenging the president's actions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation last weekend.  Brown also vetoed more than 100 measures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports state lawmakers know how the governor will act on their bills.

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California is leading a lawsuit by 18 states against the Trump administration.  That's after the President suspended a key component of the health care law last week.  Capital public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The shooting in Las Vegas is immediately leading to calls from Democratic officials in California for their federal counterparts to tighten the nation's gun laws - and to look to the state as a model.  After California added many new firearms restrictions in the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting, even more currently await Governor Jerry Brown's signature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Federal officials told California last week that Russians probed the state's election system for vulnerabilities before the 2016 election.  That's raised new questions about a bill on Governor Jerry Brown's desk.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, cyber security experts say the measure could weaken California's voting systems.

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California school districts have applied for $3-billion in voter-approved bond funds to help build and modernize school facilities.  But they're scheduled to receive just a fraction of that, at least through next spring.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's climate change market, where businesses buy and trade the right to emit greenhouse gases, just got bigger.  Governor Jerry Brown announced Friday that he's signed an agreement with the Canadian province of Ontario to link cap-and-trade systems.  It's been a long-time goal of the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains why.

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Four California counties are preparing for an overhaul of how they conduct elections, before voters head to the polls next year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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The California Legislature has adjourned for the year, after a flurry of votes into the early moring hours of Saturday morning.  Lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown hundreds of bills - about everything from a parks bond to pet stores.  They also struck major housing, transportation, and climate change deals this year, which many Capitol-watchers thought could not find support.  State government reporter Ben Bradford explains.

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Following the lead of New York and 14 other states, California is taking the Trump Administration to court for phasing out the DACA program.  State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the filing yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California state Senate and Assembly are hitting overdrive as the legislative year nears its end.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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In a case that originated in the Inland Empire community of Upland, the California Supreme Court has removed a major obstacle to new local taxes.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A group backing the recall of Democratic state Senator Josh Newman is now suing the state of California for a new law it says is meant to protect the senator.  If that sounds like deja vu, it's likely because you heard the exact same sentence a month ago, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The state of California must move forward with a new, expedited death penalty process that voters approved last election.  The state's top court largely rejected a legal challenge yesterday (Thursday) that had temporarily halted Proposition 66 from taking effect.  But the California Supreme Court unanimously struck down one aspect of the law, as Capital Public Radio's Ben  Bradford reports.

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A bill to make California a "sanctuary state" is moving forward in the state Legislature, including a hearing before the Assembly Appropriations Committee today (Wednesday). Oregon has had a similar law for almost three decades.  More in this collaborative report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford and Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson.

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California's signature climate change program, cap-and-trade, passed its first test since lawmakers extended the program last month.  The state's quarterly auction of pollution allowances -- which give companies the right to release emissions -- sold out.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Republicans have again failed to topple GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley.  Mayes yesterday (Monday) survived a second vote to remove him from his post, but he'll face another next Tuesday, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers can now transfer unlimited funds from their campaign war chests to Fullerton Democratic state Senator Josh Newman as he fights a recall election.  The state's top campaign finance watchdog agency voted to strip the current cap on those contributions during a testy hearing yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state Capitol later this month.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Three California lawmakers are asking the federal government to prevent an alt-right group from rallying in San Francisco this month, after the violence in Charlottesville on Friday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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