Ohio’s Ramos Asks Congress for Action

Ohio State Representative Daniel Ramos is the latest legislator to back Puerto Rico’s bid for statehood. Ramos, who was born and raised in Ohio but is of Puerto Rican descent, has introduced a House Concurrent Resolution asking the U.S. Congress to take action “that respects the will of U.S. Citizens in Puerto Rico, and takes steps… Read more »

GAO Studying Fiscal Aspects of Puerto Rico Statehood

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) is researching the fiscal effects of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States now that residents of the island territory have voted to join the Union.

Support for Puerto Rican Statehood from Michigan

Although it may not have the attention of the recent presidential election, news of Puerto Rico’s plebiscite is making its way around the country.  We were struck by a particularly thoughtful post online for a news source from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where very few Puerto Ricans live.  

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.