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's Proposition 47 turned many non-violent felonies into misdemeanors.  A new study of the 2014 initiative finds it reduced incarceration without increasing crime - mostly.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California political campaigns are preparing for the increase of the gas tax to be this year's preeminent campaignissue, after the successful recall of a state Senator focused on it.

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Much of the focus of this week's election was on how the state's unusual top-two primary system could lock Demcrats out of otherwise competitive congressional races in November.  But instead, it appears Republicans have been locked out of northern San Diego County state Assembly seat.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

It's too early to call election results in many of the battleground congressional races in California where Democrats have targeted long-held Republican districts.  But Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that both parties have likely avoided their worst-case scenarios.

Today's primary elections in California hold unusual national imprtance.  Democrats see an opportunity to flip enough congressional seats in the state that it would contribute to winning party control of the House of Representatives.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the primaries could end that dream.

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California registered voters tired of the texts and calls from political campaigns can make them stop before next week's June primary.  Capital Public RAdio's Ben Bradford explains.

California's top regulator of political campaigns is resigning just days before the June primary election.  Fair Political Practices Commission chair Jodi Remke announced yesterday (Tuesday) that she will step down on Friday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that follows months of acrimony with fellow commissioners.

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California has 13 new state laws on the books so far this year.  They range from minor technical changes to responses to some of the year's most prominent issues.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's cap-and-trade program generated almost $700 billion for the state in the last quarter.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports it's the latest strong showing for a key climate change program that was faltering until  last year.

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Technology company IBM is proposing to get into the education business in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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After the latest school shotting, the California Assembly has passed a bill that wuld allow coworkers, employers, and school faculty and staff to seek gun violence restraining orders.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Two different water bonds are set to appear on the ballot this election season. The Secretary of State's Office announced the latest on Wednesday. It is a nine billion dollar measure that has gathered enough signatures to appear in November. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California officials are trying to prevent a possible undercount of the state's population in the next Census. they worry that fear in immigrant communities will depress response rates, which could cost California federal funding and Congrassional representation. From Capital Public Radio, Ben Bradford reports.

Political campaigns in Califonria must submit hundreds of thousands of signatures to the state in the next few days to qualify their initiatives for the November ballot. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford says that's created a bidding war for the people who gather those signatures.

A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.  It passed along party lines yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's largest water district has given key support to a 17-billion-dollar water project long sought by Governor Jerry Brown.  The vote yesterday (Tuesday) would fund twin tunnels under the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, which will send water to Central and Southern California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Students and faculty rallying for more money for the California State University system received support from leaders of the state Legislature.  That could set up a budget showdown with Governor Jerry Brown, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers are proposing to change when police can use deadly force.  That's after the shooting last month in Sacramento of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was the latest to cause widespread protests.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Trump administration has launched its second lawsuit against the state of California, this time over public lands.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers are looking to expand health care benefits, including to immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  How to pay for that remains an open question.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports a new study shows one potential area for savings.

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Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.  The governor's staff announced that his top aide, Nancy McFadden, died on Thursday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A faction of California Republicans - including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -  are urging the party to diverge from President Trump and moderate its tone and policy.  Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Ohio Governor John Kasich were among the speakers at the first event by the group, New Way California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford was there.

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A key priority of California Governor Jerry Brown before he leaves office is regaining momentum at the Capitol after stalling last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a proposal to integrate California's power grid with surrounding state, discussed at an Assembly hearing yesterday (Wednesday).

No prominent Republican filed to enter the race for California's U.S. Senate seat before Friday's deadline.  That could leave the field open for two Democrats to advance to the general election, for the second consecutive time.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Protests blocked the street as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state's sanctuary policies for immigrants.  State leaders are promising a robust defense of their new laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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No state has a reputation for being as liberal as California.  But that's a relatively recent phenomenon.  As part of our statewide collaboration looking at the California Dream, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford talks about how the politics of the Dream have changed from "purple" to deepest blue.

[NOTE:  In promoting this story on the air this morning (Thursday), KVCR misidentified UC Davis Political Science Professor Mindy Romero.  KVCR apologizes for the error.]

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California's top court has ruled that sentencing juveniles to 50 years or more in prison violates the 8th Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  But a divided state Supreme Court did not decide in yesterday's (Monday) ruling what sentence would b e constitutional, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California counties could receive more than $130 million this year to update voting machines.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the proposal from Governor Jerry Brown would be the first significant funding to replace outdated and worn equipment since 2002.

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Hearings on creating a single-payer health car system or universal coverage wrapped up last night (Wednesday) at the California state Capitol, for now.  The meeting of a state Assembly committee was dominated by discussion of a single-payer bill passed by the state Senate last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California and eight other states, including New York, are again suing the Trump Administration and, yes, it's about water. The states filed the lawsuit on Tuesday just hours after federal agencies announced a new delay in the federal Clean Water Rule. Ben Bradford has this report from Capital Public Radio.

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