Nellie Gorbea Could Be First Puerto Rican Born Governor of Rhode Island

People from Puerto Rico have won a number of recent elections for a wide range of positions, but so far there has never been a State governor who was born in Puerto Rico. That could change.  Nellie Gorbea, the current Rhode Island Secretary of State, is running for Governor of Rhode Island. Gorbea is also… Read more »

New Research Shows Americans Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

Change Research conducted a survey of 1,025 voters across the nation on the topic of Puerto Rico’s political status. The main result – a majority of 59% in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico — is similar to other polls taken in the past. More information means more support As we have seen in other… Read more »

64th Puerto Rican National Parade Celebration Planned for June 13

The 64th Annual Puerto Rican National Parade will be virtual again this year.  Organizers have announced a two-hour television special to air live on June 13, at 12 noon Eastern time, in celebration of the parade, which traditionally heads up 5th Avenue with 75,000 marchers and more than one million spectators. WABC-TV anchors Joe Torres… Read more »

Focus on Voters’ Rights Skips Puerto Rico

Congress is putting a lot of energy into voting rights. Yet the legally certified, democratic vote conducted in Puerto Rico in November 2020 is being ignored. Voters’ rights Following the dramatic 2020 election, state legislatures across the country are introducing changes to their election procedures. Both New York and New Jersey are implementing automatic voter… Read more »

Turkey Reports on Puerto Rico’s Status

  “The Status of Puerto Rico” is an in-depth report on Puerto Rico’s status produced by the program  Inside America with Ghida Fakhry from the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. Luis Fortuño After explaining the new statehood admissions bill and the competing HR 2070, Fakhry began by talking with former Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño…. Read more »

SNAP, NAP, and Equality for Puerto Rico

As a territory, Puerto Rico is treated differently from the 50 states in many ways. Usually, this means unequal – and lesser – treatment. For example, nutrition assistance (food stamps) in Puerto Rico is different from the system in the states. Puerto Rico receives capped funding for its Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), originally set at… Read more »

Puerto Rico Mourns Carlos Romero Barceló

Carlos Romero Barceló, who served as Governor of Puerto Rico and Resident Commissioner during a political career lasting over 40 years, died on May 2, 2021, at the age of 88. Romero Barceló was born in 1932 in San Juan. His grandfather, an associate of Luis Munoz Rivera, was president of The Puerto Rico Senate,… Read more »

Carolina Native Johnny Velazquez Snags 4th Derby Win

Johnny Velazquez, a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, won the Kentucky Derby for the second time in a row this year. This makes him one of just seven jockies who have ever won consecutive Derby races. Velazquez has actually won the Derby four times: with Animal Kingdom in 2011, Always Dreaming in 2017, Authentic in 2020,… Read more »

New Census Data Show Population Drop in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Census Bureau announced the changes in population that have occurred in U.S. States and territories over the past decade. Puerto Rico’s population has fallen by 11.8%, to 3.285 million. Puerto Rico’s population peak was 3.8 million people in 2004, but there has been a fairly steady decline since then. U.S. population growth and… Read more »