New Gallup Poll on DC Statehood

The first ever Gallup poll on statehood for the District of Columbia has found that 64% of Americans surveyed oppose it. 29% favor statehood for D.C. and 8% are undecided. Several recent polls taken by organizations ranging from Fox News to Data for Progress have shown that people favor statehood for Puerto Rico over statehood… Read more »

Is there a Limit to the Number of States in the Union?

Statehood for both Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. is showing up as a talking point in the 2020 presidential campaign. But can either the territory or the district become a state? A questioner at Quora thinks not. “I was told that Puerto Rico cannot be a state because there was an amendment to the Constitution… Read more »

Georgia Discrimination Case Points out Puerto Rico Problems

Kenneth Caban Gonzalez moved from Puerto Rico to Georgia in 2017 and applied, after the required 30 days, for a Georgia drivers license. So far, it’s a simple story. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can move freely from Puerto Rico to any state, and can of course acquire a drivers license by applying in the… Read more »

Congressional Subcommittee Passes Bill to help U.S. Territories under Medicaid

Earlier today, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed the Territories Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 3631) on a bipartisan basis. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo (D-CA) spoke in support of the bill, with Eshoo calling the federal Medicaid cap “arbitrary” and  “discriminatory.” She said that “for too… Read more »

House Subcommittee to Consider Puerto Rico Medicaid Proposal Tomorrow

A bipartisan agreement among U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee leaders to grant Puerto Rico $12 billion for Medicaid during Federal Fiscal Years 2020-23 was announced last night. It is expected to be approved in the Health Subcommittee tomorrow and subsequently by the full Committee. Under the proposal, Puerto Rico would get $2.823… Read more »

Polls Confirm Americans Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

A Hill-HarrisX poll of 1000 Americans found in early July that 47% favor statehood for Puerto Rico. Questions about statehood for both Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were presented. Here are the statements presented, with the number of respondents who agreed: Only Washington, DC should be granted statehood: 9% Only Puerto Rico should… Read more »

Senators Want to Know: Where Is Food Assistance for Puerto Rico?

Seven Democratic senators sent a letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking for an explanation of the delay in disbursing funds for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico. Signers of the letter included Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten… Read more »

J House: From Kansas City to Puerto Rico

The Johnston family of J House Vlogs shares ordinary family life in Puerto Rico on their YouTube channel. Losing a drone in the rain forest, paddling into a bioluminescent bay, or hiking in a cave full of bats are adventures interspersed with grocery trips, kids’ games, and cooking. They describe themselves as “an imperfect family… Read more »

Puerto Rico Mentioned in the Democratic Debates

In 2016, there were three debates between the two nominees, 12 Republican primary debates, and 6 Democratic primary debates. Puerto Rico was not mentioned in any of the debates. In the first debate of the 2020 presidential race, Puerto Rico came up. Beto O’Rourke had answered a question about climate change, mentioning Miami and Houston… Read more »