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Gonzalez Colon Touts Support of Puerto Rico Admission Proposal

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon touted support of her recently introduced Puerto Rico admission legislation this morning from the floor of the United States House of Representatives.  Her unofficial remarks are copied below: On June 27, I was joined by more than 40 members of this house in introducing H.R. 42 — 6246,… Read more »

Ignorance Shows in Harassment Video

In the video below, a drunken Timothy G. Trybus harasses a woman wearing a shirt showing the flag of Puerto Rico. He steps into her personal space and speaks to her in offensive terms. She asks a nearby police officer, identified as Patrick Connor, to remove him. Governor Ricardo Rossello has asked that the police… Read more »

Beryl Downgraded to Tropical Storm, Threat of Flooding Continues

The National Hurricane Center is reporting that Beryl is no longer forecast to be hurricane strength as it approaches land, and it has been downgraded to a tropical storm.  Yet the threat of flooding remains considerable and wind damage with related power outages are also possible given Puerto Rico’s fragile electric grid. The Guajataca Dam,… Read more »

Hurricane Beryl Kicks Off 2018 Hurricane Season

Beryl started off as a tropical depression and within 18 hours was classified as a hurricane. By now, Beryl is  a Category 1 Hurricane heading for the Lesser Antilles. What does that mean? Hurricane categories Hurricanes are sorted into categories, from Category 1 to Category 5. Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 hurricane that dipped… Read more »

Forgetting Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico made headlines after Hurricane Maria hit the Island last September. Millions of Americans were surprised to learn that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Awareness of these facts, according to polls in the States, went from less than half to 76% within a… Read more »

New EITC Study for Puerto Rico

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a program that rewards low income working families for staying employed. This program has proved effective in lifting families out of poverty. The funds it provides are used for college tuition, car repairs, and other expenses that can help poor households increase their income and make their jobs more… Read more »

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Statehood?

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

First-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has unseated Joe Crowley (D-NY), a member of Democratic House leadership, who has been representing parts of the Bronx and Queens since the 20th century. Ocasio-Cortez is part of Puerto Rico’s diaspora, born in New York but still having family on the Island. She is the first candidate to challenge Crowley… Read more »

Puerto Rico Beguiles Jurists, Scholars

by Howard Hills A recent scholarly legal commentary in a prestigious law journal by Puerto Rico Federal District Court Judge Gustavo Gelpi helps clarify Puerto Rico’s political status dilemma. Distilled to its essence, Puerto Rico and Congress must make a choice between statehood or independence, because the current status is not fair or mutually beneficial… Read more »

Hurricane Damage Assessment

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has told congressional leaders that a complete assessment of damages and costs resulting from the back-to-back hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in September 2017 will not come until at least the final quarter of 2019. “A complete assessment of damages and costs resulting from the Hurricanes Irma and María will not come… Read more »