Ana Radelat

Ana is a longtime Washington correspondent who has won numerous awards, including from The Associated Press and Gannett, has written for more than a dozen newspapers, including USAToday; The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger; the Shreveport (La.) Times; and the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. She’s also been a regular contributor to other publications, including the Miami Herald and Advertising Age. Some of the stories Ana has broken focused on the strategies of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Sen. Trent Lott’s fall from power and questionable Hurricane Katrina contracts. A regular contributor to WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, a partner of The Mirror, Ana is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism. E-mail her at aradelat@ctmirror.org.

Recent Posts

Achievement gap an issue as Congress considers new ed bill

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WASHINGTON – Connecticut elementary students have among the highest reading and math scores in the nation, but a stubborn achievement gap persists between the state’s highest- and lowest-performing schools, said a White House report issued Monday. Continue Reading →

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CT businesses pushing back on shutdown of Ex-Im Bank

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WASHINGTON — The Tea Party, aided by other conservative Republicans and the billionaire Koch brothers, celebrated a big victory last week when Congress failed to reauthorize the charter of a bank that helps U.S. businesses, including Connecticut-based General Electric and United Technologies, make sales overseas. Continue Reading →

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U.S. denies CT tribes chance at federal recognition

Governor Dannell P. Malloy and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal praise the new rule for federal recognition of Indian tribes Monday.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has moved to make it easier for tribes across the nation to win federal recognition – while blocking several Connecticut tribes from doing so. That drew praise from Connecticut’s politicians. Continue Reading →

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CT supporters of ACA laud Supreme Court decision

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the legality of federal subsidies that help millions of Americans purchase health insurance was lauded by the Connecticut lawmakers who supported the Affordable Care Act, but it doesn’t end the political fight over the health care law. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut risks federal fines for slow adoption of rail-safety system

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The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday it would fine railroad companies and railroad track owners, like the state of Connecticut, if they don’t implement a safety technology known as positive train control by a Dec. 31 deadline. Continue Reading →

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Landmark gay marriage case has Connecticut ties, impact

Gay marriage advocates and opponents have been demonstrating outside the Supreme Court periodically for years. They were there Tuesday as well.

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights advocate Mary L. Bonauto made history in Connecticut when she championed a lawsuit that legalized gay marriage in the state. She is now in position to make it on the national stage when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that could legalize gay marriage nationwide.
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Congress tackles issue of Puerto Rico’s status

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing Wednesday on Puerto Rico’s status, the first time Congress has tackled the issue since the GOP takeover of the House in 2010. But critics say there may be more smoke than fire. Continue Reading →

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For insurers, Supreme Court could demolish a growing line of business

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Washington – The nation’s health insurers, including leading companies like Aetna, are hoping the Supreme Court does not strike down a provision of the Affordable Care Act that has brought them millions of new policyholders and provided new growth opportunities for the industry. Continue Reading →

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Himes splits with CT Dems to vote for trade bill again, and this time it counts

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes on Thursday was the only Connecticut lawmaker to vote for a bill that would give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. He had cast a similar vote last week, but this time it counted. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro continues to lead defiance against Obama on trade

Rep.Rosa DeLauro speaks to reporters Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — A defiant Rep. Rosa DeLauro vowed Tuesday to continue her battle against President Obama’s trade agenda, even as the president, usually a political ally, scrambled to find a way to rally support for legislation that would facilitate negotiations of a new trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim partners. Continue Reading →

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Disclosures show wealth for some, but not all, CT lawmakers

WASHINGTON– Rep. Rosa DeLauro is a member or a board member of 21 organizations, a Republican group helped pay for Rep. John Larson’s trip to Italy and Sen. Chris Murphy and his wife still owe up to $50,000 each on student loans, Congress’ latest personal financial reports show. Continue Reading →

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