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Puerto Rico Statehood

51st State -- "Tranquility" or Puerto Rico?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

The chances that there will be a 51st state in the near future are reasonably good. Whether it will be a territory on the moon, or Puerto Rico, is uncertain, although the odds heavily favor Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico To Vote On Statehood Or Independence

AP | By DANICA COTO | Posted 12.30.2011 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor approved a two-part referendum on Wednesday to help decide the island's political status, but supporte...


Greg Acevedo | Posted 02.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Greg Acevedo

As a Puerto Rican, I find it amusing when the U.S. tries to instruct other nations in the practice of democracy (See: Libya and Iraq). Before the U.S. instructs other nations on the practice of democracy, it must re-think its policy in Puerto Rico.

Foreign, for Now

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 01.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

To unilaterally annex Puerto Rican cinema to that of the U.S. will result in it being recognized less as a vital part of American culture than in rendering it invisible as a distinct form.

Puerto Rico's Governor Proposes Referendum For Voters To Choose Statehood

AP | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The governor of Puerto Rico submitted legislation Wednesday that calls for creating a two-part referendum to decide whether t...

Obama, Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans

Ray Suarez | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

The President, you see, must win Florida to remain president after January 2013 and that's why he was in San Juan.

GOP Ploy to Curry Latino Favor Via Puerto Rican Statehood Is Misguided

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

The recent GOP intelligentsia strategy to curry favor for Latino votes via support for Puerto Rican Statehood while opposing immigration reform is misguided, misinformed, and probably disingenuous.

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...

Why the Rush on the Puerto Rico Statehood Bill? Something Doesn't Add Up

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

A new bill is designed to craft an artificial majority for statehood where none exists now. Every time the people of Puerto Rico have been consulted on this issue through a plebiscite they've said no to Statehood.

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.