Pierluisi Explains Plebiscite to Congress, Describes Next Steps

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi recently made a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives to convey the results of the recent plebiscite to the American public, describe the significance of those results, and outline the steps he plans to take to implement them.

Pierluisi Asks for Congressional Leadership to Act on Puerto Rico Results

We have previously reported on a letter Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi sent to President Obama in which he asked for the president’s “time, resources and – above all – leadership to help resolve the question of Puerto Rico’s political status.”  Pierluisi has also sent a similar letter to congressional leaders, including House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner,… Read more »

Garcia Padilla and “Commonwealth as we know it”

Puerto Rican Governor-Elect Alejandro Garcia Padilla has written a letter to President Obama discounting the results of Puerto Rico’s recent plebiscite in which 54% of the voters answered “no” when asked whether “Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status,” and over 60% of the voters selected statehood as their preferred status… Read more »

Statehood Wins: The Culmination of a Trend

Some analyses of the recent status vote in Puerto Rico imply that voters were confused and did not actually intend to vote for statehood. In light of the history of Puerto Rico’s plebiscite votes, this is at best an unrealistic idea, and at worst an offensive one. The ballot for the most recent vote on Puerto… Read more »

Statehood for Puerto Rico: The Numbers Add Up

Given the emotional intensity that tends to surround the issue of Puerto Rico’s political status, recent plebiscite results have been relatively straightforward and devoid of drama.  The numbers are clear, and statehood won.

Deciphering Puerto Rico’s Election Results

Statehood won.  Pro-statehood Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi kept his seat.  On the other hand, anti-statehood Governor-elect Alejandro Garcia Padilla gained control of La Fortaleza , and anti-statehood legislators picked up enough seats in the Puerto Rican legislature to seize control from the pro-statehood party after eight years in the minority.

Serrano: Plebiscite an “Earthquake” in Puerto Rican Politics

Puerto Rican born U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), has issued a statement regarding the November 6th plebiscite in Puerto Rico.  In comments analyzing the 2012 national election results generally, Rep. Serrano made special mention of the outcome of Puerto Rico’s forth plebiscite since becoming a territory of the United States in 1898: “I was particularly impressed with the… Read more »

Puerto Ricans Vote for Statehood

A solid majority of Puerto Ricans have voted to end the island’s 114-year old relationship as a territory of the United States and become the nation’s 51st state.  When asked whether Puerto Rico should “continue to have its present form of territorial status,”  54% of all voters (934,238 people) answered “no” while only 46% (796,007) responded “yes.” 

Florida’s Puerto Ricans: A Swing Vote in a Swing State

Florida is a “must win” state for Romney, and polling in the final stretch of the presidential campaign shows him with an edge.  Given the solid support for President Obama in the critical swing state in 2008, it is worth examining what is different this time.  The state’s emerging Puerto Rico population may hold some… Read more »