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Month: October 2018

US Territories’ October 22-28, 2018 news week in tweets

Statehood for Puerto Rico is a Question of Democracy Giving American citizens representation in Congress isn’t a power grab. It’s the essence of democracy. — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 26, 2018 Vox criticizes Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for saying the making Puerto Rico a state would offset the current balance between Republicans and Democrats, making all votes skewed to the left. In order for the Democrat party to continue to fight against the Republicans, they must support voting and democracy, and support Puerto Rico becoming a state. Speakers Talk US Virgin Islands Relief at IAEM Conference 2018 Dr....

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Puerto Rican Independence Party wants voters to decide the future of the Financial Oversight and Management Board

The governor of Puerto Rico has been mounting an effort to move Puerto Rico into becoming the newest state to join the union. While recently the votes have been swinging in favor of statehood, though not by much, there are people in Puerto Rico who are strong advocates for an independent Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) rounds out the political views on Puerto Rico’s stance in regards to the United States balancing the New Progressive Party (NPP), and Popular Democratic Party (PDP), who advocate for statehood and status quo respectively. While the PDP has been debating...

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The US House Committee on Natural Resources’ questionable Twitter antics

The US House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight meeting on “Management Crisis at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Implications for Recovery” on July 25, 2018. A Twitter feud, sparked days prior, lead to one empty seat at the table. Governor Ricardo Rosselló skipped the hearing after the Committee on Natural Resources’ Twitter account posted a tweet on July 19 stating “Call your office, @RicardoRossello” along with an attachment of an invitation to testify himself or send someone from his administration. Rosselló stated in a press conference that the tweet “showed a major lack of respect...

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What to do this week of October 21, 2018

102 weeks down, 15 days to midterm elections. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We also practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration to stay engaged. I value democracy. Guided by respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people. ▢ Action 1: Be a poll watcher/worker on November 6. [h/t] Be a friendly face to your neighbors on election day: Details here. ▢ Action 2: Support everyone paying their fare share. Call: Or write your one House rep and two senators (look up). Script: Hi. I’m calling about the recent report that...

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