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Washington Responds to Rossello’s Resignation

Members of the House and Senate expressed a wide range of individual reactions to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. Some, like Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), congratulated the people of Puerto Rico for deposing Rossello. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took a similar position, saying, “The resignation of Ricardo Rosselló is an opportunity for… Read more »

Wanda Vázquez Garced is Puerto Rico Governor

Puerto Rico courts have named Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced, as the new governor of Puerto Rico. Vázquez Garced was born and educated in Puerto Rico, and began her career in public service in the 1980s, when she served the Puerto Rico Department of Housing. She then became district attorney in… Read more »

What Do Polls Tell Us about Puerto Rico Status?

Gallup released a poll of Americans across the nation last week showing that nearly two thirds of respondents support statehood for Puerto Rico. Their findings confirm a trend seen in other polls. Stateside Americans are ready for the 51st state — and they want Puerto Rico in that spot. What about Puerto Ricans? Three 2019… Read more »

Presidential Candidates on Puerto Rico Statehood

The first round of the Democratic primary debates is over and candidates had the opportunity to outline their platforms and voice their policy priorities to the nation, but Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory and plans and hopes for the future has not yet entered the discussion. While popular issues relating to the economy,… Read more »

Two Thirds of Americans Want Statehood for Puerto Rico

Gallup has released a new poll on Americans’ opinions on Puerto Rico statehood. The message is very clear: 66% of Americans favor statehood for Puerto Rico. Gallup has been asking this question for years. In 1963, 65% of Americans favored statehood for Puerto Rico, and this has been the majority position ever since. Some groups… Read more »

Voting Rights: Woman Suffrage and Puerto Rico Statehood

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On June 4, America celebrated the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the 19th Amendment. This is the constitutional amendment that gave voting rights to American women. In today’s society, you would be hard-pressed to find many Americans who oppose the Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Yet while it may seem like… Read more »

Congressional Committee Takes Action on Medicaid for Territories

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the “Territories Health Care Improvement Act” (H.R. 3631). Timing for full consideration by the House of Representatives has not yet been confirmed. In anticipation of the Committee’s consideration of the bill today, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) provided the following description of H.R. 3631: H.R. 3631, introduced by… Read more »

New Gallup Poll on DC Statehood

The first ever Gallup poll on statehood for the District of Columbia has found that 64% of Americans surveyed oppose it. 29% favor statehood for D.C. and 8% are undecided. Several recent polls taken by organizations ranging from Fox News to Data for Progress have shown that people favor statehood for Puerto Rico over statehood… Read more »

Is there a Limit to the Number of States in the Union?

Statehood for both Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. is showing up as a talking point in the 2020 presidential campaign. But can either the territory or the district become a state? A questioner at Quora thinks not. “I was told that Puerto Rico cannot be a state because there was an amendment to the Constitution… Read more »

Georgia Discrimination Case Points out Puerto Rico Problems

Kenneth Caban Gonzalez moved from Puerto Rico to Georgia in 2017 and applied, after the required 30 days, for a Georgia drivers license. So far, it’s a simple story. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can move freely from Puerto Rico to any state, and can of course acquire a drivers license by applying in the… Read more »