Puerto Rico’s July 18 – 22 political week in tweets

by | Jul 27, 2016 | Political Week in Tweets | Comments

  1. Puerto Rico sued for diverting cash after federal law passed

A groups of hedge funds have filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico in the US District Court of San Juan. The PROMESA bill stipulates that any funds or assets can not be transferred until the Oversight Committee comes into effect, but bondholders believe money set aside to pay Puerto Rico’s massive debt will be moved to cover Puerto Rico’s public employee pension system and support the insolvent Government Development Bank. The lawsuit intends to prevent that from happening, rather than demand immediate payment.

 

2. Naled, the insecticide being considered for use in Puerto Rico explained

Naled, an insecticide that has been in use for decades in the United States, has been put forth as possible solution to the growing threat of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico. The proposed amount would be harmless to humans but the possibility damaging edible vegetation and as well side effects in humans is known.

 

  1. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke running for Senate seat in Louisiana

The former Grand Wizard of the white supremacist group, the KKK, has launched his bid to become a senator in Louisiana. In a reflection of a larger national conversation, white nationalists have become emboldened to step into the public debate. Duke, who has endorsed Trump, says that he is “overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains ‘America First.’”

 

  1. Hillary Clinton selects Tim Kaine, a popular Senator from a swing state, as running mate

Hillary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine to be her running mate in the general election. Kaine, who speaks fluent spanish and is currently a senator from a battleground state, Virginia, may boost Hillary’s number. Hillary Clinton’s campaign suffers from a deficit of support from white men and Kaine could potentially alleviate that issue.

  1. Trump aide, acknowledging plagiarized lines in speech, contradicts campaign’s initial denials

Melania Trump’s plagiarism drama continued as Trump’s team continued to deny any wrongdoing.  Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager has repeatedly dismissed the possibility of Melania’s speech having been influenced by Michelle Obama’s, blaming coincidence and latter Hillary Clinton for the “overblown” attention. Incidentally, several of Trump’s campaign members have come forward, stating that Melania’s speech had been influenced by other speeches she apparently admired.