America for All Americans

Recent gains by presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Florida are prompting some analysts to question whether either campaign should continue to pour resources into the state during the final weeks of the campaign.  Florida, the thinking goes, has moved into the Republican column, while President Obama’s relative strength elsewhere makes the state less important for a… Read more »

Supreme Court Silence on Puerto Rico’s Lack of Voting Rights

It is not often that the Supreme Court weighs in on the constitutional angles of Puerto Rico’s status as a territory of the United States – a topic of increased attention as the November 6 plebiscite approaches.   

18% of Puerto Ricans to Receive Social Security Benefit Increases in 2013

Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2013, providing about $21 more each month for the average recipient.  According to 2011 data from the Social Security Administration, Puerto Rico has 488,333 elderly Social Security beneficiaries and 821,419 beneficiaries in total – roughly 18% of the Puerto Rican population.

Carlos Beltran Makes Puerto Rico Proud

Carlos Beltran hit his 14th postseason home run on Sunday, making him Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in hitting and OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) during postseason play.  During his playoff career, Beltran has slammed one home run for every 7.7 at-bats.  The records he recently broke belong to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But the St…. Read more »

Romney Would Advance Statehood with Slim Majority Support

Caribbean Business is reporting that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign website is now posting a promise to advance statehood for Puerto Rico if even a slim majority choose that option in the upcoming plebiscite vote. 

When Puerto Ricans are Outsiders

Roberto Cox Alomar, PDP candidate for resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, has criticized Social Security as a “program from the outside” that the territory can do without.

Fortuno Gains Ground in Latest Poll

Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia is reporting that Governor Luis Fortuno (NPP) has has pulled even in the race for governor, coming within two percentage points of challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla (PDP). 

Should Puerto Ricans Give Up Social Security?

Rafael Cox Alomar, the PDP candidate for resident commissioner, remarked in a TV appearance yesterday that Puerto Rico can do without Social Security because there are “sufficient economic resources here in Puerto Rico to attend to our elderly without absolute dependence on programs from the outside,” according to Caribbean Business.