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Luis Ramos Receives the Bronze Star

A Puerto Rican veteran who fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War was awarded a Bronze Star on Friday in San Juan.   Luis Ramos, who served with the Puerto Rico–based 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, received the medal at a ceremony held at a monument to the Borinqueneers.

Pierluisi Speaks at the Democratic Convention

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D) addressed the Democratic Convention last night, urging the nation’s 50 million Hispanics to vote for President Obama.

A Bipartisan Call for Equal Rights and Responsibilities in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi ended his remarks at the Democratic National Convention last night with the assurance that President Obama “will stand with” Puerto Ricans “the day they choose to have the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow American citizens.” Imbedded in this statement is the recognition that not all U.S. citizens… Read more »

Puerto Rico at the 2012 Conventions

Governor Fortuno spoke at the Republican National Convention last week, Luce Vela Fortuno introduced Ann Romney  and Resident Commissioner Pierluisi will be speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention. (See it live on CSPAN at approximately 6:16 pm EST).

Puerto Rico at the Republican Convention

Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño opened his remarks at the Republican National Convention last night with a welcome of “buenas noches” and ended with “muchas gracias.”   In between, he explicitly told the convention delegates that in Puerto Rico “[l]ike in your home states, we raise and salute the American flag,” and described freedom as “the… Read more »

Fortuño and Vela at the Republican Convention

Puerto Rico’s first lady Luce Vela Fortuño introduced Ann Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last night, first highlighting Governor Luis Fortuño’s “success story of fiscal responsibility.. and compassionate attention to a social and faith-based agenda of unprecedented reach and consequence.”

Puerto Rican Soldier Among Casualties of Black Hawk Crash

A Black Hawk crash this weekend left 11 dead, including a serviceman from Puerto Rico, Sgt. Luis Galbreath of San Juan. Sgt. Galbreath was 41 and a member of 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  Three of the eleven were U.S. soldiers.

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics: Part II

Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns are paying more attention than ever to Florida’s Puerto Ricans this election cycle.  Most recently, President Obama visited Orlando in early August, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio visited the same area that day to campaign for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics

Florida may soon surpass New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans, and with this growth has come significant political implications. In Florida, the Puerto Rican population has ballooned over the last decade, expanding from 482,027 in 2000 to 847,550 in 2010, a growth rate of 75 percent.

Is This Puerto Rico’s Year to Go for the Gold?

Puerto Rico has fielded a team at the Olympics since 1948 but has never won a gold medal.  The U.S. territory has won silver and bronze medals, but only in boxing, not in any other sport. This year all that may change.