Posts Tagged: Rick Scott

Statehood Supporters Win Florida Primaries

Primary elections in Florida had been in the news as speculation about the influence of Puerto Rican voters increased in the run-up to the votes. It turns out several of the winners had one thing in common: support for statehood for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) will face Rep. Ron DeSantis… Read more »

Puerto Ricans to ‘Vote’ for President in 2020

Puerto Ricans will vote for the president and vice-president of the United States beginning in 2020 under a territorial law signed Saturday. The vote will not count in deciding the winners of the elections but it could have a slight influence in determining the candidates who win Florida’s important Electoral Votes. There may now be… Read more »

Members of Congress Recommend Steps to Get Puerto Rico Schools Back on Track

On October 24, 2017, members of Congress wrote a letter to Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and Director of Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, with recommendations for education agencies in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The US Department of Education will make recommendations for supplemental appropriations in the wake of hurricanes Harvey,… Read more »

President Donald Trump Brings Large Team to Puerto Rico, Issues Statements on Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico todayto see first-hand the island’s humanitarian crisis. A number of top officials joined the president for Tuesday’s trip, including Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Small Business administrator Linda McMahon, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, budget director… Read more »

Members of Congress Continue to Speak Out for Puerto Rico Assistance

Members of Congress continued to express their support for Puerto Rico on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives last Thursday. On the Senate floor, remarks were heard from: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE),  and Senator Bryan Schatz… Read more »

Smith, Velazquez Lead House Democrats in Demanding Better Response to Maria

House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led 145 Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Trump demanding that the Department of Defense deploy additional resources to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Lawmakers are calling for the appointment of a senior… Read more »

91 in U.S. House Have Sponsored Statehood Bill

Forty additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sponsored the bill to make Puerto Rico a State in 2021 if Puerto Ricans vote for the status again since the bill was first introduced by a symbolic 51 members seven weeks ago. The territory’s resident commissioner in the House, Pedro Pierluisi, is the bill’s… 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 »

Puerto Rico’s Governor Not Popular in Florida; Statehooders Liked

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (“commonwealth” party) is viewed negatively by two-thirds of the residents of central Florida of Puerto Rican origin who have an opinion of him, according to a professional poll. By contrast, they have favorable impressions of his statehood party predecessor and the two statehood party leaders who are who are… Read more »

Analysis: Cuevas-Neunder Gets Votes as “The Only Bilingual Candidate”

In the Florida primary for governor, the winners were clear: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. Republican voters outnumbered Democratic voters in the primary: 952,864 people voted in the Republican primary and 838,914 in the Democratic primary. Rick Scott is the current Republican governor, and Crist, running as a Democrat, is the former Republican governor of… Read more »