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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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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After his speech last night (Wednesday) ripping into Donald Trump, California Governor Jerry Brown has now spoken at two Democratic National Conventions a quarter-century apart, where the candidate's name was Clinton.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from Philadelphia, the context is quite different.

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Bernie Sanders supporters will continue to protest in Philadelphia through the end of the Democratic National Convention, and his California delegates will continue to be at the center of it.  But, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from the convention, their tone has nevertheless softened from the convention's opening days.

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Democratic party leaders at the national convention in Philadelphia have tried to frame the protests of Bernie Sanders supporters as a family disagreement, rather than party disunity.  For at least one family, that's true, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from the convention.

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The Democratic National Convention has showcased the challenge party leaders and the Hillary Clinton campaign face in bringing Bernie Sanders supporters into the fold.  But California delegates pose an extra challenge, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from the convention.

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Last week, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler embedded himself with the California delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  This week, we'll follow California's delegation to the Democratic National Convention with reports from Philadelphia from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.  Here's his preview.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are making their preferences known in the California U.S. Senate race.  They issued a short statement yesterday (Tuesday) endorsing state Attorney General Kamala Harris.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that leaves the race's other Democrat out in the cold.

Solar and wind power have grown rapidly in California over the past decade, and now batteries to store that energy are expected to follow suit.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California air regulators want the state's cap-and-trade program to operate for another decade.  The Air Resources Board released new draft rules last night that would continue emissions reductions through 2030 -- a decade longer than the program is due to expire.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, opponents of expanding cap-and-trade are vehemently opposing the proposed extension.

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California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez -- Democrat from the San Gabriel Valley -- will lose a significant amount of his power at the state Capitol, now that Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is stripping him of his committee assignments.  Rendon announced the move Friday, shortly after a judge issued a restraining order against Hernandez for physically abusing his ex-wife.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains the significance of the punishment.

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California lawmakers want to augment some of the nation's toughest gun laws, after the latest mass shootings.  The state Legislature sent a package of bills to Governor Jerry Brown that would tighten restrictions on ammunition and rifle sales.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Volkswagen will spend more than $2 billion in California, under a settlement for selling cars that evade federal and state emissions tests.  Capital Public Radio Ben Bradford reports on the California portion of the deal announced yesterday (Tuesday).

A gun control measure has qualified for the November ballot in California.  The Secretary of State's office announced yesterday [Thursday] backers of the initiative have collected enough signatures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that doesn't necessarily mean it will appear on the ballot.

The long, slow decline in unemployment in California continued during the month of May, according to new state numbers.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, job creation slowed from April, but the overall trend is positive.

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The California state Legislature yesterday (Monday) commemorated the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.  Lawmakers largely avoided the usual debate after a mass shooting about gun control.  But that conversation was expected to begin again today (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Voters across California are going to the polls today (Tuesday).  Precincts opened at 7 a.m., but not everywhere.  Three California counties will not have any polling places today.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that mail-in-only elections could be in the future for the entire state.

An effort to dissolve California's embattled Public Utilities Commission is moving forward.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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