Voting Rights and Puerto Rico

Voting rights have been top of mind in Washington, where the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. have been combined into one big voting rights act, called “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.” HR 5476, currently under debate in the Senate, focuses on four categories of voting rights… Read more »

Manufacturing in Puerto Rico: Positive Outlook

A recent report in El Nuevo Dia offers evidence of a positive outlook for manufacturing in Puerto Rico. In separate interviews with Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, Manuel Cidre; the executive vice president of the Association of Industrialists (AIPR), Yandia Pérez; and Invest Puerto Rico’s chief executive, Rodrick Miller, El Nuevo Dia received information about… Read more »

New England’s Puerto Rican Influence

Florida has the largest Puerto Rican population in the 50 States. The Sunshine State recently supplanted New York in this position. But political leaders of Puerto Rican heritage are increasingly showing up in New England, where sheer numbers of Puerto Ricans may be smaller, but the proportion of the population is significant. Joshua Garcia is… Read more »

Plessy Pardoned 125 Years after the Fact

Plessy vs. Ferguson

In 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested for breaking a Louisiana law requiring Black and white passengers to ride in separate, segregated train cars. The arrest led to the Supreme Court case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, in which the Supreme Court presented the doctrine of “separate but equal,” saying that the law Plessy protested was constitutional…. Read more »

The Enduring Fallacy of the “Self Governing Commonwealth”

In December, Guaynabo Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero was indicted for corruption, including charges of bribery and extortion. As initially reported in the San Juan Star, the indictment not only raised concerns about local corruption, but the wording of the indictment stirred up debate over Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory. The concerns stem from… Read more »

New Report on Health Centers in U.S. Territories and FAS

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines health centers in U.S. territories and Freely Associated States (FAS). Health centers are community clinics staffed by medical professionals. The five U.S. territories – American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands – rely heavily on health centers to provide primary… Read more »

Puerto Rico as a Test of Renewable Energy

FEMA has committed $9.4 billion to rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electrical system. How will the funds be used? Environmental activists want to see renewable energy become the focus. Under the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, 40% of the Island’s electricity must come from from renewable resources by 2025. By 2040, 60% must be renewable, and… Read more »

Congressional Resolutions Honor Roberto Clemente

On December 16, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) introduced complementary Senate and House resolutions to recognize the historical significance of the place near Piñones in Loiza, Puerto Rico, where baseball legend Roberto Clemente died. The resolution would add this location to the National Register of Historic Places. “Roberto Clemente not only… Read more »

The Most Popular Stories of 2021

For nearly a decade Puerto Rico Report has been bringing you comprehensive coverage of news and analysis of the political status of Puerto Rico. This year, ten stories stand out as the most popular stories of 2021: Puerto Rico in the 2021 Olympics Puerto Rico Moves to Level 4 on CDC’s Travel Advisory List Implications… Read more »

The Most Popular Stories at Puerto Rico Report

As we say goodbye to 2021, we can look back at our years of reporting on the political status of Puerto Rico and see that some stories have been more popular with our readers than others. Here are the top stories of all time: How Does a Territory Become a State? Puerto Rico in the… Read more »