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.

California lawmakers are proposing to change when police can use deadly force.  That's after the shooting last month in Sacramento of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was the latest to cause widespread protests.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Trump administration has launched its second lawsuit against the state of California, this time over public lands.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers are looking to expand health care benefits, including to immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  How to pay for that remains an open question.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports a new study shows one potential area for savings.

Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.  The governor's staff announced that his top aide, Nancy McFadden, died on Thursday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A faction of California Republicans - including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -  are urging the party to diverge from President Trump and moderate its tone and policy.  Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Ohio Governor John Kasich were among the speakers at the first event by the group, New Way California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford was there.

A key priority of California Governor Jerry Brown before he leaves office is regaining momentum at the Capitol after stalling last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a proposal to integrate California's power grid with surrounding state, discussed at an Assembly hearing yesterday (Wednesday).

No prominent Republican filed to enter the race for California's U.S. Senate seat before Friday's deadline.  That could leave the field open for two Democrats to advance to the general election, for the second consecutive time.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Protests blocked the street as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state's sanctuary policies for immigrants.  State leaders are promising a robust defense of their new laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

No state has a reputation for being as liberal as California.  But that's a relatively recent phenomenon.  As part of our statewide collaboration looking at the California Dream, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford talks about how the politics of the Dream have changed from "purple" to deepest blue.

[NOTE:  In promoting this story on the air this morning (Thursday), KVCR misidentified UC Davis Political Science Professor Mindy Romero.  KVCR apologizes for the error.]

California's top court has ruled that sentencing juveniles to 50 years or more in prison violates the 8th Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  But a divided state Supreme Court did not decide in yesterday's (Monday) ruling what sentence would b e constitutional, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California counties could receive more than $130 million this year to update voting machines.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the proposal from Governor Jerry Brown would be the first significant funding to replace outdated and worn equipment since 2002.

Hearings on creating a single-payer health car system or universal coverage wrapped up last night (Wednesday) at the California state Capitol, for now.  The meeting of a state Assembly committee was dominated by discussion of a single-payer bill passed by the state Senate last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California and eight other states, including New York, are again suing the Trump Administration and, yes, it's about water. The states filed the lawsuit on Tuesday just hours after federal agencies announced a new delay in the federal Clean Water Rule. Ben Bradford has this report from Capital Public Radio.

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The California state Senate is attempting to circumvent a change in the federal tax overhaul they say targets blue states.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a state bill designed to allow taxpayers to deduct state income taxes as charitable contributions.

The California Senate has voted to impose its own version of net neutrality on the state, after the Federal Communications Commission overturned the Obama-era policy.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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Drivers who want to continue to use their California drivers licenses to board airplanes can apply for new, federally-required IDs starting next Monday (Jan 22).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento had the usual reaction to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

GOP Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley was not only the head of Assembly Republicans, but also the only Inland Empire lawmaker in a legislative leadership position.  Then, Mayes decided to cooperate with Democrats, and voted for Governor Brown's cap-and-trade bill, which infuriated Mayes' fellow GOPs.  Now, Mayes is doubling down on the strategy that got him deposed from his leadership position last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A third California lawmaker has resigned in the past month from the state Legislature.  Democratic Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced yesterday (Wednesday) he will step down this week for health reasons.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Low-income dental patients in California will have new access to important procedures, such as crowns and root canals, starting January 1.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports as part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Most of the candidates at the top of next year's California ballot still have to introduce themselves to voters.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a new Berkeley Institute of Government Studies poll.

California is now part of 24 different lawsuits against the Trump administration.  State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the most recent suit, against the U. S. Department of Interior, yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports it follows a similar strategy as previous cases.

Starting in the new year, Californians will have more time to legally begin crossing the street. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explores a new law taking effect in 2018.

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California lawmakers leading a review of sexual harassment policies - including a lawmaker from the IE - proposed their first change, following an outcry over widspread misconduct in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.  The Democrat sent a letter to supporters this week blaming the media for his predicament.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses.  Capital Public Radios' Ben Bradford reports the Assembly is undertaking a tricky, public self-reform that began with a hearing yesterday (Tuesday).

California prosecutors must proactively tell defense attorneys about information that could exonerate their  clients, under new ethics rules adopted this month.

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  And a California state Senator was stripped of his committee chairships yesterday, as attention on what is called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol continues. 

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The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry.

During his trip to Europe this week, California Governor Jerry Brown is urging foreign governments to bypass the Trump administration and coordinate with states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford looks at how far the governor can wade into international diplomacy.