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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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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Hate crimes in California increased by more than ten percent for the second year in a row, according to new data from the state Attorney General's Office.  But it's hard to know what to make of that, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's most recently-elected U.S. congressman is still working at the state Capitol rather than in Washington, D. C., and the state's newest Republican for governor is hammering him for it.  State government reporter Ben Bradford gives us this snapshot of Sacramento politics.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a 183 billion-dollar budget into law, four days before it must go into effect.  The plan increases spending on education, child care, and Medi-Cal.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California energy regulators are calling for conservation this week as a precaution against blackouts.  Meanwhile, a proposal to pool energy with other Western states - which could help meet spikes in demand - has stalled after the election of President Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California Legislature has passed it's largest-ever budget.  In a compromise between Democratic lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown, it spends $125 billion, and funds much of what the governor had proposed cutting.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A populist wave inspired by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing the California Democratic Party leftward. Led by the California Nurses Association, self-proclaimed “Berniecrats” have disrupted the party’s conventions, won Senate passage of a single-payer health care bill, and are being courted by 2018 candidates. Their stance contrasts with Governor Jerry Brown's philosophy of "paddle a little to the left and a little to the right." Capital Public Radio’s Ben Bradford asked Brown about this ascending wing of the party, in the second part of their interview in China.

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Jerry Brown's trip to China earned him wall-to-wall media coverage - internationally and here at home.  Much less covered was another environmental visit the governor took just weeks earlier: to Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County, a transportation corridor with some of the worst air quality in the state.  Those two trips highlight competing tensions as Brown seeks to shape climate change policies in California and around the world.  When Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford interviewed the California governor during a car ride in Beijing last week, he asked if Brown was surprised by what he

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California Governor Jerry Brown is back in the state after five whirlwind days in China.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford followed the governor throughout the journey, and he reports it ended much as it began.

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California Governor Jerry Brown's mission to fight climate change has taken him to China this week, but he's not committing to support more ambitious renewable energy goals back home.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from Beijing.

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California Governor Jerry Brown is in China this week looking to strengthen ties in the fight against climate change.  In reality that's meant meetings heavy on formality and light on substance, which could open the way for more concrete agreements down the road.  But the governor has a more specific goal, as well.  Brown is pushing the Chinese to invest in batteries for California electric cars.  Traveling with the governor, Capital Public Radio;s Ben Bradford has more.

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California Governor Jerry Brown is traveling around China, talking to regional leaders about climate change and economic issues.  But on his first day in the country, he also stopped to see the pandas.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more from China.

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California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China today for a week-long trip focused on climate change.  It's the governor's first trip back to China since he led a trade delegation in 2013.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford is traveling with Brown.

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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