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Puerto Rico Can Learn from Hawaii

Jose Cabrera of the Puerto Rico Star Project wrote in the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Puerto Rico can learn from Hawaii’s experience of becoming a State. The author begins by reporting that Puerto Rico voted for statehood on November 3, 2020, but that some people are arguing against respecting the vote on the grounds that… Read more »

Official Results of the 2020 Plebiscite

On December 31st, 2020, the official results of the 2020 status vote were posted on the official State Elections Commission (CEEPUR) website. In all, there were 1,248,176 votes cast in the plebiscite. 655,505 votes, or 52.52%, were pro-statehood “Yes” votes. 592,671, or 47.48%, were “No” votes, which represented any political status except for statehood This… Read more »

Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden from Puerto Rican Organizations

Joe Biden has been officially certified as the next president and will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. In an effort to keep Puerto Rico on his radar and that of Congress, a group of Puerto Rican organizations joined together to send a letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  A separate, identical… Read more »

Puerto Rico Election Results

Puerto Rico election results have been finalized. Pedro Pierluisi has been sworn in as Governor, and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon has begun her new term as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. Puerto Rico’s November election is finally complete, and all the votes have been counted and certified. The process finally ended on December 31, 2020, following an unusually… Read more »

Top 10 Puerto Rico Report Stories of All Time

Over the past eight years, Puerto Rico Report has brought you hundreds of articles answering many questions about Puerto Rico. We’ve kept you up to date on current events, reminded you of historical milestones, and explained complicated issues. These are the articles that have been read most frequently over the years: Puerto Rico Is Not… Read more »

The Top 10 Stories of 2020

The Puerto Rico Report is proud to provide our readers with the latest news from and about Puerto Rico.  As we close 2020, we look back on an eventful year as we share our top 10 stories from over the last twelve months: Stimulus Checks for Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans received stimulus checks, but it… Read more »

The Problem with Mutual Consent and “Binding” Commitments

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Puerto Rico voted for statehood in November 2020 — and in 2017 and 2012 as well. These votes, like all other statehood votes in Puerto Rico and every territory that has gone on to become a state, were nonbinding. Such is the nature of plebiscites. In fact, the “non-binding” nature of virtually all federal decisionmaking… Read more »

Spending Bill Passes Congress but Faces Uncertain Future

On December 21, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion funding bill for the 2021 fiscal year along with COVID relief measures.  The proposal is 5,593 pages long and considered to be the second-biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history. Fiscal year 2020 funding ended on September 30, and Congress has passed short-term funding bills to keep… Read more »

Feliz Navidad

2020 is the 50th anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” a bilingual Christmas song written by Puerto Rican musician Jose Feliciano. It was the first Spanish language Christmas song to become popular in the United States, and is still one of the most popular holiday tunes, hitting the top 10 on Billboard this year. Jose Feliciano José… Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vulnerability of Small Nations

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More than 10 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been preordered. That’s more than one dose for every person living in the world today. But it doesn’t mean that there will be enough for e everyone. COVID-19 vaccines are unevenly distributed, so most of the vaccine production through 2021 will be going to a few… Read more »