Puerto Ricans


Historic Day for Orange County

A new Orange County Commission was sworn in this week, one that hit several historic markers for including the county’s first African-American mayor, two new Latina commissioners and the first all-female Orange County Commission.  For these and many other reasons, it was an emotional installation service. “It’s a great day […]


How Florida Latinos Voted in the Midterms 1 comment

There was much ado about the Latino vote in the midterm elections, particularly Puerto Ricans who migrated post Hurricane María. So how did that work out?  The answers are beginning to eke out now that the elections have concluded and been certified. Turnout among all voters was high – about […]


Post-María Voters, Latina Wave and More Election Thoughts

It’s not looking as if the 2018 midterm elections produced a wave of post-María Puerto Rican voters. Preliminary election data show that counties with a large Puerto Ricans population, such as – and especially–  Osceola, underperformed the rest of the state. Voter turnout was very high, about 62 percent for […]


FEMA, Housing and the Loss of Wealth

Puerto Rico hurricane evacuees in the Orlando area will begin fleeing FEMA-sponsored short-term housing as soon as next week, with others to follow in March 20. Calls began months ago to pressure the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the deadline for the dozens of people who are still grappling […]