Fortuño and Vela at the Republican Convention

Puerto Rico’s first lady Luce Vela Fortuño introduced Ann Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last night, first highlighting Governor Luis Fortuño’s “success story of fiscal responsibility.. and compassionate attention to a social and faith-based agenda of unprecedented reach and consequence.”

When a U.S. Citizen Cannot Vote for President

If Puerto Ricans choose statehood in their upcoming plebiscite, they could gain a Constitutional right they have never before experienced and one that has divided for decades U.S. citizens living in a state and those living in Puerto Rico: the right to vote. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans have never had the right to… Read more »

Puerto Rican Soldier Among Casualties of Black Hawk Crash

A Black Hawk crash this weekend left 11 dead, including a serviceman from Puerto Rico, Sgt. Luis Galbreath of San Juan. Sgt. Galbreath was 41 and a member of 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  Three of the eleven were U.S. soldiers.

Puerto Rican Influence Throughout the Fifty States

Following a wave of migration over the past decade, Puerto Ricans now have a notable presence in nearly every state throughout the country.  Between 2000 and 2010, the Puerto Rican population in the fifty states grew by 300,000 people, and with that growth has come Puerto Rican representation in virtually every state, not just in… Read more »

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics: Part II

Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns are paying more attention than ever to Florida’s Puerto Ricans this election cycle.  Most recently, President Obama visited Orlando in early August, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio visited the same area that day to campaign for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics

Florida may soon surpass New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans, and with this growth has come significant political implications. In Florida, the Puerto Rican population has ballooned over the last decade, expanding from 482,027 in 2000 to 847,550 in 2010, a growth rate of 75 percent.

Hawaii Celebrates Statehood

Today Hawaii is celebrating its 53rd anniversary of becoming a State, and there is much to celebrate. Remembering Hawaii’s attainment of statehood on August 21, 1959, former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) recalls the celebration in the streets – civil defense horns wailing, church bells peeling, ship whistles blaring and motorists honking their horns.  She has… Read more »

The Puerto Rican “Brain Drain”

After several years of strong migration, more Puerto Ricans now live in the fifty states than in Puerto Rico.  According to the 2010 Census, there are 4.7 million Puerto Ricans living in the non-territorial United States and 3.7 million living in Puerto Rico.  All states but one experienced an increase in their Puerto Rican populations… Read more »

Representing 3.7 Million U.S. Citizens in Congress – All Without the Power to Vote, Part II

Previously when we reported on why Puerto Rico’s lack of representation in Congress matters, we focused on how important it is to have several Members of Congress to best represent ideological diversity in heavily populated states.  States with many Members of Congress have another significant advantage: the ability to represent the state across numerous congressional… Read more »

To Err is Human…

People make mistakes, of course. Even a respected news sources such as Reuters can make an error — and they did. In their “schedule of forthcoming world elections” they listed Puerto Rico’s plebiscite for August 12th. As you can see in the close-up below, Reuters claimed that Puerto Rican voters would decide the first question… Read more »