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Puerto Rico Statehood

Puerto Rico Statehood Legislation Is Coming

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party may not wait for another referendum before pushing forward with its bid to make the island the 51st state. T...

Puerto Rican Gov. Responds To White House Move On Island's Status

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico isn’t holding a Constitutional Assembly to decide whether the island’s residents want to become the 51st state. Yet. Puerto Ri...

White House Finally Takes A Position On Puerto Rican Statehood

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico may be getting another status vote. The White House budget submitted to Congress Wednesday includes a $2.5 million appropriation for P...

Friday Talking Points -- Happy Sestercentennial Column!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sequester was set in stone for the next six months, so America is now going to learn what "budget cutting" really means.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Justices Talk Potential Puerto Rico-Born U.S. President | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer seemed to indicate Thursday they'd consider a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico...

'Daily Show' Confronts Statehood Supporters

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.08.2013 | Latino Voices

Al Madrigal's got a question for Puerto Rican statehood supporters: what do you want with this mess? "The Daily Show" correspondent visited a prot...

Protests Before Congress For Puerto Rican Statehood Planned

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.28.2013 | Latino Voices

Some Puerto Rican leaders continuing clamoring for statehood. Rep. José Aponte of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (PNP, in Spanish) said ...

White House Breaks Silence On Puerto Rico's Statehood

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.04.2012 | Latino Voices

The White House is sending mixed messages about whether it thinks Puerto Rico’s status vote should pave the way for Congress to consider making the ...

Zuania Ramos

Ricky Martin: 'A Serious Plebiscite Is Due In Puerto Rico' | Zuania Ramos | Posted 05.09.2013 | Latino Voices

At a time when statehood supporters in Puerto Rico are seeing new allies pop up in states like Ohio, helping to push their agenda in front of the U.S....

Puerto Rico Gets Statehood Help In Ohio

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.30.2012 | Latino Voices

Statehood supporters in Puerto Rico have a friend in Ohio. Ohio State Rep. Dan Ramos, a Democrat of Puerto Rican origin, filed a resolution asking...

I'm With Stupid: The Fiscal Benefits of Swapping Idaho for Samoa

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

As of this writing, people in all 50 states had filed requests to secede from the union in the wake of the presidential election, and I have to say I ...

Luis Fortuño Pushes Puerto Rican Statehood Bid To Congress

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.16.2012 | Latino Voices

A majority of Puerto Ricans may not have voted for statehood last week, but outgoing Gov. Luis Fortuño is pushing the idea to President Obama anyway....

No Means No

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 01.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

For the first time in 114 years, the people of Puerto Rico clearly rejected the status quo by a 54-46 margin. And, equally surprising, that a vast majority of voters supported a non-territorial option as the best way forward.

Did Puerto Rico Really Vote for Statehood?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

A new status for Puerto Rico, even statehood, may be inevitable. However, it does not appear as yet that statehood commands a majority of voters, despite the big headlines.

Puerto Rico Divided on Statehood, Majority Demands Decolonization

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

The first part consisted of a Yes/No question, which contained the current status of U.S. territory: Do you agree to maintain the current political territorial status? Here "No" won by nearly 54 percent.

Friday Talking Points -- Advice for the Republican Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You ready, Republican Party? Are you sitting down? Here's what you have to do to avoid going the way of the Whigs. It's pretty easy -- it would fit on a Twitter message: "Begin championing Puerto Rican statehood."

Statehood Vote in Puerto Rico?

Julio Pabon | Posted 01.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

Because the statehood vote received the highest number of the options, those wanting statehood are claiming a victory for statehood. However, before statehooder's start singing the star spangle banner there are some details about this vote that need to be explained.

5 Reasons Why Puerto Rico Won't Become The 51st State

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.08.2012 | Latino Voices

This week’s vote on Puerto Rico’s status, in which the largest share of votes supported statehood, got a lot of people wondering whether the islan...

What Would The American Flag Look Like With 51 States?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Latino Voices

On Tuesday, Puerto Ricans voted on their preferred relationship with the United States. The largest share of voters elected to become a U.S. state. ...

Nowhere to Hide

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Tomorrow the people of Puerto Rico vote in a plebiscite about territorial status. And this one may be different, with results that the next U.S. Congress -- whatever its political composition -- may be forced to address.

Puerto Ricans Prefer The Status Quo, Says Poll

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.17.2012 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico doesn’t want to rock the boat. Some 51 percent of Puerto Ricans say they won’t vote to change the island’s relationship with the...

The 2012 WalkThrough Museum

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 05.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Adriana Teresa Letorney

If you are traveling to Puerto Rico -- or are already here -- make sure you join us at the 2012 Taste of Rum Festival this weekend.

Republican Primary Poses Challenge to Puerto Rico as 51st State

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Even had Rick Santorum clipped his s's in perfect Caribbean Spanish, the message would still have burst the bubble of statehood leaders in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory of nearly four million U.S. citizens gearing up for a status plebiscite in November.

A Republican Presidential Candidate Reaches Out to Hispanic Voters

Fred Karger | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Fred Karger

The Hispanic Community and the Republican Party have much in common. We should work very hard to emphasize all our shared beliefs and work together to defeat President Obama.

Jason Linkins

Rick Santorum Tells Puerto Ricans To Speak English, So Mitt Romney Will Win Puerto Rico | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Reuters has a story out about Rick Santorum's campaign swing to Puerto Rico, whose upcoming Sunday primary has 20 delegates at stake. On that trip, Santorum suggested that if Puerto Rico wanted to become a state, it would have to adopt English as its official language. He believes that everyone should be in "compliance" with an English language standard, regardless of the fact that no such compliance requirement or enforcement mechanism exists. So, go ahead and add the lion's share of those delegates to Romney's count. With zero precincts reporting, I can now call Puerto Rico for Mitt Romney!