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.

The California State University system and its faculty remain unable to agree on pay raises.  The latest step in the process is issuance of an opinion by an independent fact-finder.  It supports the faculty's call for a five percent raise and it clears the way for a strike, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Secretary of State, county registrars, and state lawmakers are considering fundamental changes to the state election process.  A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds similar changes in Colorado lowered cost.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A Democratic presidential candidate visits Southern California today.  Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The University of California would conduct research on gun violence, which the federal government doesn't, under a bill that passed the California state Senate education committee yesterday (Wednesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Community College students are typically considered to fall into two categories: those who complete a course of study or transfer to four-year institutions, and those who don't. A new analysis by California Community Colleges finds taking just a few classes can have a significant benefit for a third group. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California state Assembly passed new restrictions and fees on tobacco products, including raising the minimum smoking age to 21.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a contentious session yesterday (Thursday).

California lawmakers say the state needs to do a better job of protecting data, after a series of reports about flaws at state agencies.  Two assembly committees held a joint hearing yesterday (Wednesday) to examine cyber security in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's elections watchdog agency says lobbyists are exploiting a loophole in state rules and it's allowing people to influence elected officials without registering as lobbyists.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A half-billion dollar spending bill is speeding through the California Legislature.  Budget committees passed the bill yesterday (Tuesday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it's part of a negotiation to get a few Republican votes on a health care tax deal.

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The California High Speed Rail Authority has changed its plans for the first route the train will operate.  In a new draft plan announced yesterday (Thursday), the Authority would build the northern section of the rail line first.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The University of California has received the go-ahead from the Brown administration for a billion-dollar expansion of its Merced campus.  The Department of Finance approved the project yesterday (Wednesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California labor unions are proceeding with caution, even though the death of U.S. supreme court Justice Antonin Scalia likely derails a court case against them.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from "seed to sale."  But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds over who will oversee it.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

As more and more companies and hobbyists launch drones into California skies, state lawmakers want new regulations to govern them.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's state fire chief says his agency has put new safeguards in place in response to a series of scandals.  He testified at a state hearing yesterday {Thursday}.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California High Speed Rail Authority is again defending its estimates of the project's $68 billion cost... this time to lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on an oversight hearing at the Capitol yesterday (Wednesday). 

For California lawmakers who want to keep the state's Double-A-minus credit rating, Standard & Poor's has a message:  don't spend more.  The ratings agency issued advice yesterday (Monday) that mirrors recent statements from governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State speech yesterday.  It was brown's 14th address to the Legislature, which is a record.  And, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it had a familiar message.

The first priority that California state Senators are pushing this year could face a legal hurdle.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the plan to fund new housing for the homeless isn't new, and it may require voter approval.

A new survey finds California divided about how to address the state's stalled death penalty process.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, that's a significant shift in views from two years ago.

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California governor Jerry Brown was in his element when he introdeuced his annual January budget proposal yesterday at the state Capitol.  The Governor waved charts and warned of looming recession, even as he called for new taxes and the largest budget of his political career.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, Brown stuck to a familiar theme of fiscal restraint.

California lawmakers are proposing new state gun control measures to go along with the federal actions President Obama is pursuing.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Supreme Court is taking a harder look at the state's sweeping environmental protection law, CEQA -- the California Environmental Quality Act.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the court decided one of several cases this week.

The rooftop solar industry hailed a long-awaited proposal by California energy regulators yesterday (Tuesday).  Over objections from the big electrical utility companies, The PUC decided to leave current rules mostly in place, instead of adopting the utilities' proposals that would have made solar power significantly more expensive.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Victims of the San Bernardino mass shooting will receive faster access to benefits provided by the state of California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California is one of just a few states looking to curb the influence of outside spending in elections.  With few tools to govern the unlimited sums of money groups can spend, independent groups will likely pour millions of dollars into next year's campaigns.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains how California regulators are pushing back.

A UC Berkeley report finds California school facilities are underfunded, and that's putting more stress on the budgets of districts serving low-income students.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Public Employees' Retirement System has released new data about what it pays for private equity investments. As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it's a rare look at the unusual arrangement required by the private equity industry.

California energy regulators say they will need to upgrade the state's power grid in order to meet a new law mandating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. From Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Ben Bradford reports.

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The University of California plans to expand its undergraduate student body by 10,000 over the next three years.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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