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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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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California's largest state workers union will not go on strike today (Monday), as previously planned.  The union president canceled the strike late last week.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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With his announcement yesterday (Thursday) that he will nominate Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra to replace U.S. Senator-elect Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, Gov. Jerry Brown may have set off a domino effect of politicians seeking appointments or election to various vacancies that may be created  following Becerra's departure from his congressional seat.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has a report.

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California will elect its first new U.S. Senator in almost a quarter-century tomorrow (Tuesday), and the candidates -- both Democrats -- are making their final pitches to voters.  Well, one of them is.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the frontrunner in the race is campaigning hard, but not for the Senate seat she's running for. 

It was around this time of year in 2010 when a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana in California fell sharply in the polls.  Proposition 64 has so far avoided that fate, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Demographic changes in California combined with the unpopularity of Donald Trump have put three long-time Republican Congressional seats in play this election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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After years of decline, the number of television shows produced in California is on the rise.  Lawmakers and Hollywood attribute the increase to a tax incentive for filming in-state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford takes a look.

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For the second time this year, law enforcement shut down streets around the California Capitol and evacuated some offices.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed or vetoed more than a thousand bills this year, before his deadline of last Friday to act on measures passed by the Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on how that number of bills in California compares to other states.

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The state of California will launch a massive new retirement program that could cover nearly 7 million private-sector workers, under legislation singed by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The state of California will stop doing some business with Wells Fargo, after revelations that the bank created fake accounts under customers' names to boost profits.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that state treasurer John Chiang's move could be largely symbolic.

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Over the past weekend, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill written by an Inland Empire state senator that would have had the state of California pay for the costs incurred by local public safety agencies in responding to the San Bernardino terror attack on December 2.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford have details in this report.

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Medical patients in California can say goodbye to surprise bills.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that prohibits patients from having to pay out-of-network bills when they visit an in-network hospital.  Starting next July, doctors and insurers will have to divvy up those costs, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford rerports.

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Tampons and diapers sold in California will continue to have local and state sales tax attached to them.  State lawmakers said those amount to a tax on women, and unanimously passed measures that would have exempted those products.  But Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bills yesterday (Tuesday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A large majority of Californians support legalizing recreational marijuana in November.  But it may not translate to the ballot box, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Democrats in the California Assembly need to pick up only a couple o f seats int he November elections to win two-thirds control of the chamber.  That's the vote threshold to raise taxes and change house rules.  Political consultants see a favorable path for the party, although not for the reasons you might think, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Most dentists in California refuse to accept low-income patients that receive state-subsidized dental care coverage.  In part 2 of our 2-part series on Denti-Cal, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford asks dentists why they limit treating patients with the state-supported coverage, and what California lawmakers are - and are not - doing to repair the broken program.

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The government spends more than a billion dollars annually on California teeth.  Denti-Cal offers dental coverage to 13 million low-income residetns who qualify for Medi-Cal services.  And yet most California dentists refuse to participate in the program.  That leaves patients withimpossible wait times that lead to expensive health consequences.  In part 1 of a 2-part series, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford examines the big holes inthe state's dental care safety net.

A measure to eliminate surprise medical bills in California has passed the state Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports lawmakers think they have a novel solution.

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New requirements for campaign ads on TV could pass the California Legislature this week, after six years of attempts by local government advocates.  But a state elections watchdog says the legislation has been compromised, and would actually make it easier for special interests to hide money.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote yesterday (Thursday) as it was expected to.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that led to a renewed pledge from the Assembly Speaker that it will pass.

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The California Senate has passed new rules to crack down on sexual harassment, violence, and low pay in the janitorial industry.  A bill passed yesterday (Thursday) would require companies providing janitorial services to register with the state and offer sexual harassment training.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, in spite of the protests of the protests of an Inland Empire legislator.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's top court will not change teacher tenure and the policy of "Last In, First Out."  The state Supreme Court yesterday (Monday) declined to reconsider a lower court decision that upheld those laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that could end legal uncertainty over tenure.

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UCLA coaches once again earned the highest public salaries in California in 2015. The State Controller's Office published the annual pay list for public employees on Tuesday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

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The Democratic National convention in Philadelphia is over after four days of soaring speeches, political hob-knobbing, and some intra-party bickering.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford spoke with California delegates from the Clinton and Sanders camps about what they would like to see happen now.

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