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.

California Democrats elected a new party leader this weekend at their convention in Sacramento.  Even though it's an influential position, choosing a new party leader is typically a dry affair with a predictable outcome.  Not this time, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The Brown administration has plans for an innovative money swap that could pay off billions in pension debt over the next two decades, but nonpartisan analysts say the proposal isn't fully cooked.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

The California Chamber of Commerce will continue to pursue its lawsuit against the state's signature climate change program, cap-and-trade.  The business group asked the state's top court yesterday (Monday) to overturn a recent decision.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers are trying to ban edible marijuana from resembling candy, after an uptick in emergency room visits.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a bill passed yesterday (Monday) by the California Assembly.

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The state of California expects to have a couple billion dollars more revenue than it projected at the beginning of the year.  In his latest spending plan out yesterday (Thursday), Governor Jerry Brown would use that money to restore some cuts he proposed in January, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed withholding money from the University of California system, until it makes changes, after a scathing state audit.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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In his latest budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown will likely look to continue the state's signature climate-change-fighting program -- cap and trade -- past 2020, when it's set to expire.  But there's a growing body of lawmakers whop want to overhaul it, and that's created some strange bedfellow.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California provides billions of dollars in tax breaks and credits to businesses each year, but a new report questions what happens next.  It finds the state often doesn't track whether these tax incentives are working as planned.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A Southern California Republican assemblyman is trying to get voters to overturn California's new gas tax and transportation funding package.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's shortage of primary care doctors will likely get worse, particularly in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire.  $$55 million worth of federal and private grants for medical residencies in underserved areas is expiring.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that a deal for the state to step in is also in jeopardy.

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The Trump administration has formally notified the state of California that sanctuary city policies are jeopardizing federal grant funding.  It's the first concrete action the federal government has taken to withhold funds since President Trump signed his executive order targeting sanctuary cities in January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports there's relatively little money at stake so far.

Say goodbye to "Cal-Exit."  The California secession effort will no longer try to qualify a ballot initiative, it's author said yesterday (Monday).  That's after media outlets turned up his connection to the Russian government.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

President Trump's executive order to strip funding from sanctuary cities faced its first legal challenge Friday in San Francisco.  The city and Santa Clara County went to federal court to block the order, contending it's unconstitutional.  Capital Public Radio's State Government reporter Ben Bradford was there.

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While the Trump administration has promised to cut back on efforts to fight climate change, California is part of a coalition of state and local governments around the globe that vow to continue the fight against global warming.  More in this story from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.

Californians could have an earlier say in who the 2020 presidential nominees are, under a proposal from the state's top elections official.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's signature program to fight climate change got a big win yesterday (Thursday).  An appellate court ruled the state cap-and-trade system is legal and not a tax.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The head of U.S. immigration enforcement defended recent deportations in California in front of a heated crowd in Sacramento.  It's the first time Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Thomas Homan has taken public questions since his appointment by President Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

The Golden State had another strong jobs report in February. New numbers show unemployment numbers dropped to 5.0 percent. That's down from 5.2 percent in January. Ben Bradford has more from Capital Public Radio.

A bill that would increase welfare payments for Californians when they complete educational degrees was authored by Republican, Chad Mayes. Democrats blocked it. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has the story.

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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.

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