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.

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.

The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court has reacted to President Donald Trump's executive orders regarding immigration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has indicated his office will challenge President Donald Trump's executive order that bans travel from those 7 majority-Muslim countries.  Becerra is just not yet sure how he'll challenge it, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California air regulators are accusing another carmaker of building vehicles that pollute above legal limits, but not during emissions tests.  The state Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA both cited Fiat-Chrysler yesterday (Thursday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford report.

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Sluggish revenue could leave California with a $2-billion budget deficit next year.  Governor Jerry Brown led with that news when announcing his new spending plan yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The upcoming year will bring many variables for the California budget, including the possibility of economic slowdown and federal funding changes.  Governor Jerry Brown will give his first look today at how he plans to deal with that uncertainty, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California legislative Democrats promised steadfast defiance -- and GOPS expressed irritation -- as the Legislature officially put former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on retainer to represent California's interest in potential policy fights with the incoming Trump Administration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

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California lawmakers return to work today (Wednesday) for what promises to be a busy January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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As of January 1st, California no longer prevents additional welfare payments for families who have more children while receiving state aid.  Opponents of the maximum family grant called it discriminatory and invasive, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Major changes are taking place in the Golden State with regards to gun laws. Some new laws are already in effect, some kick in at the first of the year and other start later on. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford attempts to sort it out.

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Eight years after California voters approved bonds for a high speed rail train, the project is seeking to tap those funds.  The High Speed Rail Authority authorized the first use of Proposition 1-A bonds yesterday (Tuesday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the money comes with lots of strings and has prompted a new lawsuit.

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The return of California lawmakers to the state Capitol after an election is typically a ceremonial and celebratory affair.  Not this year.  In their first meeting since the election, Democratic leaders yesterday (Monday) doubled down on their opposition to the Trump Administration, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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