Posts Tagged: Jeb Bush

Puerto Rican Voters in Florida Have a Historic Opportunity

The Washington Post today described in a front page story how the exodus from Puerto Rico may determine the 2016 presidential election. The newspaper ran a second article online later today announcing an upcoming visit by presidential candidate Jeb Bush to Central Florida to appeal to the regioin’s “fast-growing Latino population.” The escalating migration from Puerto… Read more »

Chapter 9 Access for Puerto Rico: 2016 Dems Say Yes, Republicans Split

Earlier this week, former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for allowing Puerto Rico’s public entities access to U.S. bankruptcy law. In her remarks Secretary Clinton, a former Member of Congress, said that “as a first step, Congress should provide Puerto Rico the same authority that states… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis Becoming an Issue for 2016 Presidential Elections

The federal response to Puerto Rico’s financial crisis appears to be a growing issue in the 2016 presidential race. As reported in the Washington Post, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has warned presidential candidates who are “passive” about extending Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections to municipalities in Puerto Rico that there will be consequences for their inaction. “Those who want… Read more »

Federal Official Agrees to Examine Puerto Rico’s Health Care Funding

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell Matthews has agreed to convene a joint Federal-territorial working group examine Puerto Rico’s treatment in Federal health programs. Burwell agreed to the working group in a meeting with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and former Services Employees International Union Vice President Dennis Rivera, who is originally from Puerto Rico… Read more »

Debt, Financial Crisis, and Puerto Rico’s Political Status

Recent headlines about Puerto Rico have focused on Puerto Rico’s debt and its related financial crisis.  While the island’s significant fiscal problems have overshadowed the status debate lately, some press coverage is ultimately finding its way back to questions involving Puerto Rico status as U.S. territory and the impact that status has had in causing and resolving current… Read more »

Campaigning for President in Spanish reported on the Spanish language abilities of the announced candidates for the 2016 presidential election — and for some who might be planning to throw their hats into the ring. Of the candidates listed, only two actually speak Spanish fluently: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Both have expressed support for statehood for Puerto Rico…. Read more »

Jeb Bush Strongly Endorses Puerto Rico Statehood

Jeb Bush announced unequivocal support for Puerto Rico statehood during a visit to the U.S. territory today. “I think Puerto Rican citizens, U.S. citizens, ought to have the right to determine if they want to be a State,” he said.  “I think statehood is the best path, personally.  I’ve believed that for a long, long while.”  … Read more »

Where the Puerto Rican Vote Can Make A Difference In 2014

There are nearly 4 million potential voters in Puerto Rico, but they are not able to vote for the president, for senators, or for voting congressional representatives. This arguably makes their opinions less relevant to decision makers in Washington and state capitols. However, there are also now more than 4 million potential voters of Puerto Rican heritage on… Read more »