Florida’s Puerto Rican Voters

Once again in this presidential election year, Florida is a battleground state. 270toWin.com calls it “the ultimate battleground state” — and, as of this writing, “a toss-up.” Every vote in recent elections has been nearly 50/50, and in every vote except the 1992 Clinton election Florida has voted with the winner. But the voters in… Read more »

Puerto Rico Primary Disaster Frustrates Voters, Candidates

If there is one area of agreement among all candidates involved in Puerto Rico’s primary election held on Sunday, it is that the day was beset by problems.  The Fiscal Oversight and Management Board described the situation as “dysfunctional” and “unacceptable.” Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced, running for reelection as governor, called the situation “a disaster.”… Read more »

A New COFA Proposal for Puerto Rico?

On March 8, 2020, Antonio J. Fas Alzamora, former President of the Puerto Rico Senate and a 40-year member of the Puerto Rico legislature, issued an update to his proposed 2010 Compact of Association between “the governments of a Free Associated State of Puerto Rico and the United States.” The U.S. has signed Compacts of… Read more »

Puerto Rico Requires Employers to Report COVID-19 Cases

Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced has issued an executive order requiring businesses to report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the Puerto Rico Department of Health. The order also extends the curfew until August 15. Puerto Rico businesses will continue to restrict sales of alcohol from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., as well as extending… Read more »

Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon Explains Puerto Rico Voting Rights

The House Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration held a hearing on “Voting Rights and Election Administration in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Other Territories” on July 28th. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, spoke on behalf of Puerto Rico. Gonzalez-Colon began by reminding her listeners that “The rights to vote… Read more »

Commonwealth Status: A History of Rejection by the U.S.

Puerto Rico’s pro-“commonwealth” political party is pushing to include a “commonwealth” option on the ballot of a plebiscite scheduled for November 3, 2020. The United States government has repeatedly rejected many reiterations of “commonwealth” over the years, and some elements of rejected “commonwealth” – such as ongoing U.S. citizenship while achieving separate sovereignty – are… Read more »

President Obama Mentions Puerto Rico in John Lewis Eulogy

Former President Barack Obama highlighted Puerto Rico’s lack of voting rights in a eulogy delivered at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Thursday. Lewis, often called “the conscience of Congress,” represented Atlanta, Georgia in Congress since 1987 after establishing himself as a national leader for civil rights.  He died on July 17 of… Read more »

Florida Democrats Call for Puerto Rico Statehood

Pennsylvania Democrats recently passed a resolution supporting statehood for Puerto Rico. They were not the first State Democratic organization to do so. Florida’s  Democratic Party passed their own resolution including Puerto Rico statehood last October. The resolution, titled “Supporting the Admission of Puerto Rico as a state of the United States,” begins with a statement… Read more »

Pennsylvania Democrats Pass Resolution for Puerto Rico Statehood

The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania, unanimously passed a resolution last week calling on all Democratic federal legislators to support statehood for Puerto Rico. The Latino Caucus of the Committee took this action after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an admissions bill for Washington, D.C. without… Read more »

Michelle de la Isla Could Be First Kansas Puerto Rican in Congress

Michelle de la Isla, mayor of Topeka, Kansas, is running for Congress, hoping to represent District 2 in her Midwestern state. If she wins, she’ll be the first member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent from her state. De la Isla has lived in Kansas since 2000, when she became a student at Wichita State… Read more »