Posts Categorized: People

Fairness for Puerto Rico and the “47%”

“There are forty-seven percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what….These are people who pay no income tax,” said Mitt Romney at a now well-known fundraising event. The quote became fodder for television newscasts and Obama campaign commercials. Many Americans were startled to learn that nearly half of all U.S. households… Read more »

Judge Juan Torruella and the Denial of Equal Rights for Puerto Ricans

Juan Rafael Torruella del Valle, Sr. is a  judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. A native Puerto Rican, Judge Torruella is frequently sought out for his legal commentary on the treatment of Puerto Rico under the United States Constitution.  He is not happy with the failure of U.S. jurisprudence… Read more »

Pierluisi 2012 Platform Addresses Statehood

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) released the English version of his 2012 Platform today.  The 2-page document covers a full range of federal issues, including public safety (drug-related violence/tsunami and flood protection), economic development (taxes/transportation), health (Medicare/Medicaid), education and social justice.

New Poll on Puerto Rico Governor Race

A new poll conducted by ASISA Research Group and reported on the El Vocero website has Governor Luis Fortuno pulling ahead of challenger Alejandro García Padilla by more than five percentage points: Fortuno: 44.5% Padilla: 39% Undecided: 9% Dalmau: 3.2% Other candidates: <1% each These results represent an increase of 11.5% for Fortuno since the last poll conducted by… Read more »

Pierluisi Speaks to the Congress

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi made a statement to the U.S. Congress this week to explain the upcoming plebiscite in Puerto Rico. The ballot will begin with the simple question of whether Puerto Rico should continue in its present status or not.

Pierluisi Delivers Speech to Congress Regarding Plebiscite

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi delivered the following remarks in the House of Representatives this morning about the upcoming Political Status Plebiscite: Mr. Speaker: On November 6th, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will hold a plebiscite on the Island’s political future.  Voters will be asked if they want to continue the current status or to seek… Read more »

Justice Sotomayor, Baseball and What America Stands For

Puerto Rican voters in Florida are targeted in a new Spanish-language television commercial launched by the Obama campaign that criticizes Mitt Romney for saying he would have opposed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

100 Puerto Rican Troops Deployed on 9/11

Yesterday, 9/11, Americans remembered the attack on the World Trade Center in many different ways, commemorating the fallen,  celebrating the public servants who stepped up to help the injured and rebuild the community, and giving or listening to speeches.