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

Battle lines drawn in Connecticut over Pacific trade deal

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District

WASHINGTON – The battle lines drawn over a proposed U.S. trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations are running straight through Connecticut, which has emerged as the home of some of the proposed agreement’s most ardent supporters and bitter foes. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro hosts salon to help Clinton drum up endorsements

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District

WASHINGTON — Although she’s considered her party's front-runner in the race for the White House, Hillary Clinton has not locked up the endorsements of even half of the Democrats in Congress. So Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who endorsed Clinton last week, offered to help boost those numbers this week. Continue Reading →

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BIA takes heat from CT lawmakers, others on Indian recognition

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal

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WASHINGTON – Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, hinted Wednesday he may have eliminated a provision in new tribal recognition rules that would stymie efforts by several Connecticut tribes to seek federal status. Continue Reading →

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Obama administration moving new tribal recognition rules

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the brink of making new federal tribal recognition rules – a move that could be a boon to several Connecticut tribes. Opponents, however, fearful of the ramifications of the new rules on casino operations and land claims, are making 11th-hour attempts to stop or slow the process. Continue Reading →

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CT spending cap is unique and, some critics say, among the toughest

Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →

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Esty raised most campaign cash this year, but Himes has biggest war chest

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WASHINGTON — While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut's House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts. Rep. Elizabeth Esty brought in the most money during the first quarter of 2015, but Rep. Jim Himes had the most cash on hand. Continue Reading →

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Murphy bill would create tax break for ‘angel’ investors

Chris Murphy

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy would give “angel” investors a new federal tax break and is also co-sponsoring another bill introduced Thursday that would erase a barrier between those investors and start-up companies that need their money. Continue Reading →

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Despite reservations, CT senators join in approving ‘doc fix’ bill

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WASHINGTON — While they had reservations about some provisions of the bill, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined an overwhelming majority in the U.S. Senate to approve a bill preventing a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees for doctors. Continue Reading →

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Murphy helps give Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — After the White House reluctantly withdrew its objections, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy voted for a bill Tuesday that would give Congress a say in any agreement with Iran over its nuclear power program. The bill also bridges a disagreement between Murphy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal over the role Congress should play on an Iran deal. Continue Reading →

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Bank that boosts Connecticut exports under fire

The U.S. Export-Import Bank seal.

WASHINGTON – For years Connecticut companies, large and small, have benefitted from a federally backed bank that helps them sell their goods overseas — but a bitter fight over whether the Export Import Bank is taxpayer-funded corporate welfare has put its future in question. Continue Reading →

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