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

Head of CT medical society says fix, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, sees the effect of the Affordable Care Act on doctors and patients every day. He knows what’s good about it and bad, and in this Sunday Conversation says why he wishes the nation’s legislators would include physicians in their healthcare debate. Continue Reading →

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Author of antifa handbook defends antifascist violence

WASHINGTON — The death of Heather Heyer and the wounding of 19 others by a neo-Nazi at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has become a recruiting call for a little-known group with an anarchist bent called the antifa. A historian sympathetic to the movement defends its use of violence, and explains how a European-based antifascist movement has taken hold in the United States. His views are rejected by liberal groups fighting the radical right. Continue Reading →

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UTC chief quits Trump advisory group as White House disbands it

WASHINGTON — United Technologies CEO Gregory Hayes said he was quitting President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. “As the events of last week have unfolded here in the U.S., it is clear that we need to collectively stand together and denounce the politics of hate, intolerance and racism,” Hayes said. Continue Reading →

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CT ‘Dreamers’ march on White House seeking protection from deportation

WASHINGTON – Dozens of immigrant youth from Connecticut and their allies marched on the White House Tuesday hoping to persuade President Trump to continue a program that shields them from deportation. The clock is ticking on the fate of these “Dreamers,” because a group of GOP attorneys general are threatening to sue to stop the program. Continue Reading →

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It may not be ripe for a large white supremacist rally, but there’s hate in CT

WASHINGTON –  Connecticut may be more fertile ground for rallies protesting white supremacist groups than for demonstrations like the one that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., but the state is not immune to hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center, says there are several active hate groups in the state. Continue Reading →

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Pentagon, Sikorsky sued over small-business contracts

WASHINGTON – A group representing small businesses is suing the Pentagon and Sikorsky for information about the defense contractor’s hiring of small and minority businesses as subcontractors. The Sonoma, Calif.-based American Small Business League says the information it has sought from Sikorsky will show the Pentagon has for decades falsified the volume of subcontracts that have been awarded to small businesses. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, Malloy say Trump to blame for white supremacist violence at UVA

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Saturday accused President Trump of giving license to “racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia” that fueled passions at violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi protests at the University of Virginia on Saturday. Meanwhile GOP lawmakers criticized Trump for failing to condemn white supremacists at the rally. Continue Reading →

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As Blumenthal ups Trump emoluments battle, Grassley asks ‘What about Clinton?’

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is leading a group of Democratic lawmakers in a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, has been chided by Sen. Charles Grassley for not taking possible violations of that clause by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into consideration. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Raid on Manafort home indicates ‘probable cause’ of criminality

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday said an FBI raid on New Britain native Paul Manafort’s home last month is an indication of criminal wrongdoing. Manafort is a key figure in the investigation into whether there are any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential elections. Continue Reading →

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Murphy slams Trump for ‘undiplomatic’ response to North Korea

WASHINGTON – In a tweetstorm Wednesday, Sen. Chris Murphy blamed President Donald Trump for a dangerous and undiplomatic response to threats from North Korea. “Trump knew NKorea would be a problem. Yet he intentionally keeps vacant EVERY diplomatic position that is relevant to solving this crisis,” tweeted Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Continue Reading →

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Larson pitches carbon tax to fund $1.8 trillion infrastructure bill

EAST HARTFORD — Although the prospect of a major infrastructure bill is waning in Congress, Rep. John Larson remains optimistic and is seeking nearly $2 trillion to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, funded by a tax on carbon emissions. Continue Reading →

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Trump attacks on Blumenthal may have political and personal roots

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has disparaged other U.S. senators, but no one has been targeted more than Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who, perhaps for a number of reasons  — both political and personal  — has gotten under the president’s skin. Continue Reading →

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CT civil rights panel seeks greater protections on solitary confinement

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill last month that reforms the practice of placing prisoners in solitary confinement, but the new law doesn’t go far enough for a state civil rights panel that says minority inmates are confined disproportionally.  Continue Reading →

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Malloy hails EPA decision to tighten restrictions on smog

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday lauded the U.S. Environmental Agency’s reversal of its decision to delay a new rule that would lower the level of ozone emissions permitted from fossil-fuel burning, such as the exhaust from auto tailpipes and power plant smokestacks. Malloy had argued a stricter ozone rule is needed because Connecticut is polluted by emissions from other states, putting its businesses at a disadvantage and threatening the health of state residents. Continue Reading →

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