Russia’s Take on Puerto Rico Independence

During the Cold War, the United States and Russia used Puerto Rico and Cuba to demonstrate the value of their opposing economic and political systems. “When the cold war was going on they were like showcases for the world to see which system actually works,” Harry Franqui-Rivera of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at… Read more »

Pierluisi Inches Towards Governorship

Pedro Pierluisi (New Progressive Party/NPP) will be sworn in today as Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State — but whether he will have the job and become Governor Friday afternoon is uncertain, although it appears to be increasingly likely. Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares (NPP) this afternoon appointed Pierluisi to serve while the Legislative Assembly is in… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Population Continues to Decline

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The Pew Research Center has published an analysis of the most recent U.S. Census data on Puerto Rico’s population. Census data provides the most accurate information on population, but it takes time. Pew’s analysis basically confirms previous estimates: Puerto Rico’s population dropped severely after Hurricane Maria and continues to decline. In fact, at 3.2 million… Read more »

Washington Responds to Rossello’s Resignation

Members of the House and Senate expressed a wide range of individual reactions to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. Some, like Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), congratulated the people of Puerto Rico for deposing Rossello. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took a similar position, saying, “The resignation of Ricardo Rosselló is an opportunity for… Read more »

Wanda Vázquez Garced is Puerto Rico Governor

Puerto Rico courts have named Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced, as the new governor of Puerto Rico. Vázquez Garced was born and educated in Puerto Rico, and began her career in public service in the 1980s, when she served the Puerto Rico Department of Housing. She then became district attorney in… Read more »

What Do Polls Tell Us about Puerto Rico Status?

Gallup released a poll of Americans across the nation last week showing that nearly two thirds of respondents support statehood for Puerto Rico. Their findings confirm a trend seen in other polls. Stateside Americans are ready for the 51st state — and they want Puerto Rico in that spot. What about Puerto Ricans? Three 2019… Read more »

Presidential Candidates on Puerto Rico Statehood

The first round of the Democratic primary debates is over and candidates had the opportunity to outline their platforms and voice their policy priorities to the nation, but Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory and plans and hopes for the future has not yet entered the discussion. While popular issues relating to the economy,… Read more »

Two Thirds of Americans Want Statehood for Puerto Rico

Gallup has released a new poll on Americans’ opinions on Puerto Rico statehood. The message is very clear: 66% of Americans favor statehood for Puerto Rico. Gallup has been asking this question for years. In 1963, 65% of Americans favored statehood for Puerto Rico, and this has been the majority position ever since. Some groups… Read more »

Voting Rights: Woman Suffrage and Puerto Rico Statehood

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On June 4, America celebrated the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the 19th Amendment. This is the constitutional amendment that gave voting rights to American women. In today’s society, you would be hard-pressed to find many Americans who oppose the Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Yet while it may seem like… Read more »

Congressional Committee Takes Action on Medicaid for Territories

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the “Territories Health Care Improvement Act” (H.R. 3631). Timing for full consideration by the House of Representatives has not yet been confirmed. In anticipation of the Committee’s consideration of the bill today, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) provided the following description of H.R. 3631: H.R. 3631, introduced by… Read more »