Tweets Get National Attention After PROMESA Board Hearing

During its 15th public meeting today, the Federal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) voted unanimously to certify a fiscal plan to govern the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The board, created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Security Act (PROMESA), also certified a fiscal plan for the University of Puerto Rico. Upon passage… Read more »

Lin-Manuel Miranda “Closing Hamilton’s Loop”

On a recent episode of the Colbert Show, Lin-Manueal Miranda, creator of Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, explained that founding father Alexander Hamilton ended up in the American colonies because of a Caribbean hurricane. Miranda explained that Hamilton wrote a letter describing the terrible devastation of the hurricane of 1772. It went viral. For 1772, that meant… Read more »

Politics, Hurricanes May Slow, Can’t Stop Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

by Howard Hills Puerto Rico’s democratization process was disrupted during turbulent high level management changes at U.S. Department of Justice in April of 2017 Shortly after President Trump was inaugurated, the Acting U.S. Attorney General left in place by the outgoing Obama administration ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) not to defend or enforce an… Read more »

A Solution to the U.S. Senate’s Lack of Diversity

Of the 100 current U.S. Senators, 91% are non-Hispanic and white. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 88% of Members are in the same demographic group. These current percentages are a historic high level of ethnic diversity. It’s still not very diverse. The United States as a whole has about 60% non-Hispanic whites, a far… Read more »

Problems with Territorial Governments

According to Trading Economics, the United States gets a perceived corruption ranking of 16, while Puerto Rico has a perceived corruption ranking of 31. That means that people feel that the United States as a whole is much less corrupt than Puerto Rico. Is that true? Trading Economics has no information on that. They’re just… Read more »

Google Honors Roberto Clemente

Google’s Doodle today celebrates a hero from Puerto Rico. On Newsy’s documentary about Puerto Rico, Resilience, one speaker laments that Americans in general “don’t know our people or our land. They know our athletes.” Roberto Clemente was an excellent ambassador for Puerto Rico. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1934, Clemente joined an amateur baseball… Read more »

#Fairness4Territories Breaks the Mold

Territories come up on Twitter roughly every two minutes, according to social media data tool Social Mention. But the tweets are not talking about the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands. Twitter mentions of territories are more likely to be about werewolves, video games, or at least Canada. Members of Congress… Read more »

Tributes to Florida’s Puerto Rican Heroes

Several Central Florida leaders from Puerto Rico were honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) last month in recognition of for Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15th. Betsy Franceschini Educated at the Catholic University of Ponce, Betsy Franceschini came to Central Florida in 1985. Since her… Read more »

The Child Tax Credit in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

A new study from the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico reports that 30% of parents of young children in Puerto Rico lost their jobs or had their working hours reduced after Hurricane Maria struck the Island last year. More than half of those children were already living in poverty before the hurricane. “These children and… Read more »

Insular Cases unrelated to denial of federal voting rights in U.S. territories

By Howard Hills Federal court rulings defined territories with non-citizen populations as “unincorporated,” but U.S. citizens in “incorporated” territories also were denied federal voting rights until admitted as states. Denial of equal federal voting right to U.S. territories not subject to Insular Cases demonstrates the “unincorporated territory” doctrine of the Insular Cases is not the… Read more »