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Sovereign Free Association: An Economic Risk for Puerto Ricans

A recent interview on the subject of Puerto Rico’s status suggested, with a startling degree of discourtesy, that Puerto Rico wants to be a state only “for the money.” In fact, Puerto Ricans who are in favor of statehood generally explain that they seek equal responsibilities as well as equal rights with other United States citizens.

America for All Americans

Recent gains by presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Florida are prompting some analysts to question whether either campaign should continue to pour resources into the state during the final weeks of the campaign.  Florida, the thinking goes, has moved into the Republican column, while President Obama’s relative strength elsewhere makes the state less important for a… Read more »

Carlos Beltran Makes Puerto Rico Proud

Carlos Beltran hit his 14th postseason home run on Sunday, making him Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in hitting and OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) during postseason play.  During his playoff career, Beltran has slammed one home run for every 7.7 at-bats.  The records he recently broke belong to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But the St…. Read more »

How Do U.S. Textbooks Portray Puerto Rico?

In 1983, the Coalition for Human and Civil Right Advocates studied the portrayal of Puerto Rico in U.S. textbooks and found that: The authors of these textbooks, both old and new, appear to have read exactly the same sources and books. Their accounts, offering minimal and generally misleading information, are virtually identical in every case. And in… Read more »

CRS Report Prepares Congress for Plebiscite

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a new report about the upcoming plebiscite vote in preparation for questions Members of Congress are likely to have as Election Day draws near.  The CRS is the research arm of Congress, and the release of this particular report indicates that plebiscite results will be considered by Members of… Read more »

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Blocked

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered state officials not to enforce the commonwealth’s new voter ID law in the upcoming election.  As a result, Pennsylvania voters will no longer have to produce a photo ID in order to cast a ballot this November.

Alaska’s Long Struggle for Statehood

Alaska endured a long struggle for statehood from the time legislation was first introduced in Congress in 1916 until January 3, 1959, when it became the 49th State.

U.S. Labor Department Announces $1.4 Million Grant for Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced grants to 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity, performance and system improvement projects. As part of the nearly $170 million worth of of awards, Puerto Rico was given a $1.4 million Program Integrity Award to assist in the prevention, detection… Read more »

Foreign Taxation in Puerto Rico

A United States Senate subcommittee investigating U.S. companies that shelter overseas profits from taxation has found that Microsoft withheld up to $4.5 billion in federal taxes from 2009 to 2011 by transferring profits to a Puerto Rican subsidiary. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its citizens are U.S. citizens, but the… Read more »