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Why The U.S. Is Partially To Blame For Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's debt crisis results from the island's status as a United States territory lacking the benefits of statehood, according to ...

Puerto Rico Takes Another Tiny Step Toward Statehood

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.12.2014 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico just took a small step in the direction of becoming the 51st U.S. state. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted legislation Wedn...

Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers Now

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

Roughly 60 years ago, 91 soldiers from Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, were court-martialed and sentenced for desertion and disobedience during the Korean War. The 65th Infantry Regiment was the last segregated unit in the U.S. Army.

Puerto Rican Rep. Threatens To Take Statehood Claim Over Obama's Head

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress said Monday he’d take his fight for statehood to the United Nations if the Barack Obama administration ...

Up Or Down Vote

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's representative in Congress is seeking an unprecedented yes-or-no vote on whether the island should become the 5...

Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation Unveiled

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s legislation to outline a path to statehood is already sparking a backlash. The “Puert...

How Does Puerto Rico's Status Vote Help D.C.'s Statehood Push?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.28.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Is there a connection between Puerto Rico's upcoming statehood referendum and the District of Columbia's statehood movement? D.C. Sh...

A Convenient Arrangement: Puerto Ricans and the Republican Party in 2012

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita | Posted 12.05.2011 | Latino Voices
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

The Puerto Rico Investment Promotion Act will create tens of thousands of jobs and jumpstart the Puerto Rican economy. If Republicans can claim credit for its passage, they will be in a better position to win over Puerto Rican voters, particularly in Florida, where it really matters in 2012.

Congress Debates Puerto Rico Statehood Or Independence

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved legislation that could set in motion changes in Puerto Rico's 112-year relationship with the United ...

Puerto Rico Democracy Act

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

To be Puerto Rican is to be misunderstood. After 93 years as American citizens, after 112 years after US forces took the island from the Spanish Empi...

Again with the 51st State...

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

The main argument against Puerto Rican statehood is taxation. Except for DC, it has been the policy of the federal government that there be no taxation without representation, so Puerto Ricans don't pay income tax.

Puerto Rico -- the Next Red State?

Steve Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

If Puerto Rico becomes a state it would add 2 senators and 7 representatives to Congress; we can expect these members to come from the conservatives that hold office in the "state" legislature.

Puerto Rico's Path To Statehood

Steve Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, would make Puerto Rico the 51st state.