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 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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A California judge has put on hold a new state law that could delay a recall election for Democratic state Senator Josh Newman.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's largest power companies could build charging stations for electric cars at state parks, beaches, and schools, under legislation moving through the state Senate.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports it's the latest proposal to rely on electricity users to meet California's zero-emission vehicle goals.

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The California Legislature has approved a quarter-billion dollars for the Los Angeles Olympic Games, but that was with the expectation the city would host in 2024.  Monday's announcement that the games will take place in 2028 could require lawmakers to reauthorize state funding.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A bi-partisan supermajority of the California Legislature voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on how the deal got done.

California lawmakers today will take up an extension of the state's cap-and-trade program -- a vote Governor Jerry Brown has called the "most important" of their lives.  It's a complicated program, but a relatively simple concept, which Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature may have struck a deal to extend California's climate change program Cap-and-Trade, but it's not clear it has support from lawmakers. From Capital Public Radio, Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers attempting to address the state's housing crisis are taking two approaches. They're passing bills to subsidize housing for low income residents and looking to encourage more building. Here's more from Ben Bradford at Capital Public Radio.

In response to rising prescription costs, one California state senator is trying to limit the ability of drug companies to influence doctors.  The bill would place restrictions on gifts from the pharmaceutical industry.

California has the most expensive real estate markets in the U. S., while state funds for affordable housing have largely dried up.  A new proposal passed the state senate Thursday that may provide a new source. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A bill that would extend "sanctuary city" protections for immigrants across California is continuing to move through the state Legislature, after passing the state Senate months ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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