Posts Categorized: People

Alex Cora Receives a Hero’s Welcome

Caguas, Puerto Rico, gave a hero’s welcome to Alex Cora, his family, his teammates, and the World Series Trophy. Cora, the first Puerto Rican team manager to win the World Series, asked the Boston Red Sox management to send him and his team home to Puerto Rico with the trophy, and they complied. Earlier this… Read more »

Whitehouse Talks About Statehood

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) recently announced on Twitter that he “would support statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico if either of those proposals came up for a vote in the Senate.” How did the issue arise on Twitter? It all started when Whitehouse told The Providence Journal that he doesn’t have “a particular interest… Read more »

#Fairness4Territories Breaks the Mold

Territories come up on Twitter roughly every two minutes, according to social media data tool Social Mention. But the tweets are not talking about the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands. Twitter mentions of territories are more likely to be about werewolves, video games, or at least Canada. Members of Congress… Read more »

Senator John McCain on Puerto Rico

The nation is remembering Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as a statesman who served his country with valor and integrity. in 2011, Senator McCain’s website carried this statement demonstrating his sentiments about Puerto Rico and island’s proud tradition of military service: “Senator McCain has great appreciation and respect for the people of Puerto Rico, including the… Read more »

Statehood Supporters Win Florida Primaries

Primary elections in Florida had been in the news as speculation about the influence of Puerto Rican voters increased in the run-up to the votes. It turns out several of the winners had one thing in common: support for statehood for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) will face Rep. Ron DeSantis… Read more »

Officials Respond to Revised Hurricane Death Toll

The government of Puerto Rico has acknowledged that the death toll for hurricanes Irma and Maria is probably as much as 20 times higher than the official count of 64. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) responded, “It has been tragically clear for some time that the devastation from Irma and Maria was many magnitudes worse… Read more »

Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias Honored by Google

Google’s Doodle honored Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias on what would have been her 89th birthday last Saturday, July 7. Dr. Rodriguez Trias was a champion for public health and health education. Rodriguez Trias was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico, completing her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico. She… Read more »

Florida’s Gubernatorial Debate Touches on Puerto Rico

Last night, Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam held a nationally televised debate for the Florida governor’s race.The candidates, both hoping to be the Republican nominee to replace current Governor Rick Scott (R), spoke on a number of controversial topics, from gun control to immigration. The candidates were also asked questions about… Read more »

Congress Seeks Action on Energy in Puerto Rico

With Hurricane Season 2018 officially beginning, Congress is increasingly talking about Puerto Rico. A lot of the conversations focus on energy. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, has committed to holding a hearing on Puerto Rico in his committee before the end of the month. “We need to look at what… Read more »