Puerto Rico


Status: The Elixir of Puerto Ricans






Political status is the elixir of the Puerto Rican people – to paraphrase Karl Marx. I’ve said this before and it bears repeating, because the newly installed island Gov. Ricky Rosselló and newly sworn Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González expect to file a bill in Congress on Wednesday for Puerto Rico to be […]


2016 Comes to an End with a Bang






The year 2016 is coming to an end with a bang on many fronts. Let’s turn to a few less obvious but newsy items that merit attention for their importance. Pulse From the first news of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, a tug of war erupted between the LGBTQ […]


Bad Economic Tidings from Puerto Rico






Puerto Rico is back in the spotlight again with bad economic tidings and little holiday cheer. The island is expected to run out of money for its government payroll possibly in February, meaning Puerto Rico is broke for all intents and purposes. The annual budget deficit is expected to be more than $67 […]


Harnessing the Power of Newly Arrived Puerto Ricans






How to harness the potential electoral power of newly arrived Puerto Ricans, whose American citizenship permits them to arrive by plane today and vote tomorrow? That’s the principal question asked today, as Florida experiences an unprecedented migration of Puerto Ricans to the state. The voter participation of Puerto Ricans lags that of […]


Poll: 84 Percent of Puerto Ricans Plan to Vote






A new poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida indicates that 84 percent plan to vote in the upcoming November elections, while 14 percent said they would probably vote. Just 2 percent said they would not go to the polls, according to the 504 Puerto Ricans surveyed by the Center for American Progress Action […]


Elections Race for Puerto Rican Voters






The race to appeal to the hearts and minds of Puerto Rican voters in the 2016 presidential elections is off and running. For months Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has wooed Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, among whom he is not that popular (see previous stories in Orlando Latino). This week his re-election campaign launched […]