Flowers on Jill Biden’s Inaugural Dress Include the Puerto Rican Hibiscus

Puerto Rico had a strong presence at the 2021 inauguration, from the service of the Puerto Rico National Guard to Jennifer Lopez’s musical performance. Puerto Rico was also represented during the evening celebration. First Lady Jill Biden chose to send a message of unity with a dress, coat, and mask ensemble hand embroidered with the… Read more »

Medicaid Block Grants – Can Tennessee Learn from Puerto Rico?

The Commonwealth Fund is out with a new report examining how Puerto Rico’s long-standing experience operating under a Medicaid block grant may predict how states would fare under block grants and per capita caps that limit federal funding. The report is timely.  During its last weeks in office, the Trump Administration approved a Medicaid block… Read more »

Puerto Rico and the Inauguration

O. January 20, 2021, America celebrated the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President, respectively, of the United States. This year’s inauguration was different from the usual, since the United States is still experiencing a coronavirus pandemic and Washington is responding to the riot in the Capitol building on January… Read more »

Puerto Rico National Guard Protects Commander in Chief

Two weeks after rioters stormed the Capitol building, approximately 140 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard flew into Washington, D.C., to  provide security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Ironically, these soldiers cannot vote for their Commander in Chief. Soldiers from the 92nd Military Police Brigade joined more than 20,000 members of the… Read more »

Florida’s Puerto Rican Voters Matter

Research has shown that states that vote for the president or might vote for them in the future tend to get more federal support than those that didn’t or won’t vote for the president. Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections, and some observers point to this as part of the problems Puerto Rico faces…. Read more »

Senator Joe Manchin Open to Puerto Rico Statehood

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) made headlines when he spoke about Puerto Rico Statehood in an interview on CNN last Sunday. Asked about statehood for Washington, D.C., Manchin said he needed more information. “I don’t know enough about that yet,” he responded. “I want to see the pros and cons,” he added.  “I am waiting to… Read more »

Puerto Rico Can Learn from Hawaii

Jose Cabrera of the Puerto Rico Star Project wrote in the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Puerto Rico can learn from Hawaii’s experience of becoming a State. The author begins by reporting that Puerto Rico voted for statehood on November 3, 2020, but that some people are arguing against respecting the vote on the grounds that… Read more »

Official Results of the 2020 Plebiscite

On December 31st, 2020, the official results of the 2020 status vote were posted on the official State Elections Commission (CEEPUR) website. In all, there were 1,248,176 votes cast in the plebiscite. 655,505 votes, or 52.52%, were pro-statehood “Yes” votes. 592,671, or 47.48%, were “No” votes, which represented any political status except for statehood This… Read more »

Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden from Puerto Rican Organizations

Joe Biden has been officially certified as the next president and will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. In an effort to keep Puerto Rico on his radar and that of Congress, a group of Puerto Rican organizations joined together to send a letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  A separate, identical… Read more »

Puerto Rico Election Results

Puerto Rico election results have been finalized. Pedro Pierluisi has been sworn in as Governor, and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon has begun her new term as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. Puerto Rico’s November election is finally complete, and all the votes have been counted and certified. The process finally ended on December 31, 2020, following an unusually… Read more »