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Month: December 2018

What the data says on whether the Trump Administration favored Texas and Florida Over Puerto Rico

In a letter to President Donald Trump, dated September 19, 2018, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood governor, noted that: “The ongoing and historic inequalities resulting from Puerto Rico’s territorial status have been exacerbated by a series of decisions by the federal government that have slowed our post-disaster recovery, compared to what has happened in other jurisdictions stateside.” Earlier in September, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo argued that: “President Trump never tried to help Puerto Rico. Florida got attention, Texas got attention, and Puerto Rico got the short end of the stick.” For his part, President Trump has...

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Armed with the US House majority, Democrats seek to act on Puerto Rico issues

The Democratic Party, picking up the majority in the United States House of Representatives, will begin an uphill fight to implement their policies and objectives. One of the strategic objectives for the Democratic Party will be to put forth policies that will secure votes in the 2020 presidential election. In key states such as Florida, this will mean securing a larger portion of the Puerto Rican vote as well as attempting to get a larger voting base to show up at the polls for the election. The 2018 election cycle saw a critical change, albeit not shown in major...

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What to do this week of December 16, 2018

109 weeks down, 98 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration to stay engaged. Spread the light this season: Below are our suggestions for how to do good while giving for the holidays. When you choose among these action options, you can print out the receipt and wrap it up as a gift for someone you love.  I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people. ▢ Action 1: Purchase quality journalism for your loved...

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The Northern Mariana Islands have the fastest growing economy in the US

For the second year in a row, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) had the fastest growing economy in the US. Although US national GDP only grew by 2.2%, the CNMI boasted a growth rate of a whopping 25% for the 2017 fiscal year. Just the year before, in 2016, the CNMI’s growth rate was 28.6%, while US GDP increased a total of 1.5%. CNMI Governor Ralph Torres (R) describes this consistent, impressive growth as “nothing short of remarkable.” These figures are even more impressive when compared with the territory’s growth rate just 3 years prior: 3.8%...

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