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

Reuniting immigrant kids with parents? Not so easy.

WASHINGTON – After a day visiting immigration facilities at the Texas border Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said  “there is no plan, there is no strategy” to reunify immigrant kids who have been separated from their undocumented parents. Others say it will be difficult, for a number of reasons, for migrant kids to rejoin their parents. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House bill cuts thousands from Connecticut’s free school lunch program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Thursday narrowly approved a massive farm bill that would cut thousands of children from free school meals in Connecticut. That bill, opposed by every House Democrat, would curb eligibility for food stamps, too. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems to travel to border as Congress stumbles on immigration

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal is the latest Connecticut lawmaker to announce plans to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to visit with immigrant children who have been forcibly separated from their undocumented parents. Meanwhile, a hardline immigration bill failed in the U.S. House Wednesday and GOP leaders postponed a vote on another immigration bill. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems pan Trump’s move to end separations, but keep immigrant kids in detention

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reversal of his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border was panned Wednesday by Connecticut Democrats and immigration advocates in the state. “Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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GOP immigration bill would allow lawsuits against ‘sanctuaries’ like Connecticut

WASHINGTON – A House Republican immigration bill adopts a new tactic to punish “sanctuary” cities and states – making it easier to sue them. The legislation aims to punish states like Connecticut that fail to respond to some requests from federal immigration authorities to hold prisoners past their release date so they can be picked up and deported. Continue Reading →

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Senate approves massive defense bill, but trims number of F-35s

WASHINGTON –  The Senate late Monday approved a $716 billion defense authorization bill that trims the number of F-35’s the Pentagon can purchase this year, but allows for more spending on Electric Boat submarine programs and Sikorsky-made helicopters. “Five percent of our country’s defense spending is done in Connecticut,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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Poll: Strong opposition to Trump policy of separating immigrant children from parents

WASHINGTON – Americans voters oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents by a large margin — 66 to 27 percent —  a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. The same poll, released Monday, indicated American voters also support, 79 – 15 percent, allowing immigrants who were brought to the United States  as children, known as “dreamers,” to remain here and ultimately to apply for citizenship.    Continue Reading →

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House set to vote on GOP immigration bills that CT Dems are likely to oppose

WASHINGTON– The U.S. House plans to vote on two immigration bills this week aimed at helping young immigrants known as “dreamers” and ending the practice of separating children at the border from their undocumented parents.. But there’s no guarantee either bill will pass, and neither is expected to win the support of Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. House members. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro: Splitting immigrant kids from parents is ‘child abuse’

WASHINGTON – At a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro sought support for her resolution condemning the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border. DeLauro’s resolution has an uphill climb in a GOP Congress, but her effort amplifies the Democratic outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration. Continue Reading →

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Courtney, other Dems, probe claims of harassment, racial disparities at Coast Guard Academy

WASHINGTON – Concerned about complaints of sexual harassment and bullying at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Rep. Joe Courtney and two other Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday asked the new Coast Guard commander, Admiral Karl Shultz, for information and internal records that would aid them in an investigation of racial disparity and harassment. Continue Reading →

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Murphy: Trump ‘unprepared, weak negotiator’ at North Korea summit

WASHINGTON – Reaction in Congress to President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un split largely along party lines on Tuesday with the bulk of Republicans largely celebratory and Democrats saying they were concerned Kim got the better of the president. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was one of the harshest critics of the summit. Continue Reading →

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O’Neill says she’ll use ‘guts’ and life experience to win Esty’s seat

Ruby Corby O’Neill says she’s a unique candidate in Connecticut GOP politics. “Republicans traditionally have not been successful with Latinos and women, and I am both.” She says her “guts” and independence will help propel her to Congress.
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Connecticut fighting Texas in legal battle over Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Connecticut supporters of the Affordable Care Act and the nation’s health insurers on Friday condemned the Trump administration’s decision against defending the health law from a lawsuit filed by Texas and a coalition of Republican states. Connecticut is part of a rival coalition of states fighting to keep the ACA in place. Continue Reading →

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Murphy: Trump’s North Korea summit a ‘photo op’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is cutting his trip to Canada’s G-7 meeting short to travel to Singapore this weekend to prepare for Monday’s’ North Korea summit, an event Sen. Chris Murphy views  with intense skepticism. “It seems like it’s going to be a photo-op that (North Korean President) Kim Jong-un wants more,” Murphy said.
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