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Month: August 2019

US Territories’ August 12-18, 2019 news week in tweets

Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Backs Puerto Rico Over Greenland Purchase Before we buy Greenland we should take care of Puerto Rico. — Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 16, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, upon hearing that the Trump administration has explored purchasing Greenland, asks for the White House to first take care of Puerto Rico before buying a new territory. Puerto Rico’s Governor Mulls Declaring a State of Emergency Over Domestic Abuse This week Puerto Rico’s Governor said she’d consider declaring a state of emergency to address the crisis of domestic violence in PR. Today, her staff announced...

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Governor Bryan convenes second meeting of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Group

Governor Albert Bryan Jr (D) held his second meeting of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy group (CEDS), recently in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, where a group comprising about 30 local business owners, members of nonprofit foundations, representatives from the Tourism industry, government officials and other community stakeholders heard presentations about the plans to upgrade the airports and to transform the USVI Water and Power Authority to reflect the Governor’s vision of increased reliance on renewable energy and decentralized power production. The Governor opened the meeting, which was chaired by the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Economic Research’s Senior Policy...

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US Territories’ August 5-11, 2019 news week in tweets

Wanda Vazquez Sworn in as Puerto Rico’s Third Governor in a Five Day Span Puerto Rico has a new governor — its third in five days. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez was sworn in on Wednesday, but within minutes protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion calling for her to resign. 📰 Read more: — NPR (@NPR) August 8, 2019 Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez was sworn in as Puerto Rico’s Governor this past Wednesday. Vazquez is the third Governor for the territory in a five-day span. Shortly after her swearing-in, protestors gathered outside of the governor’s mansion demanding her...

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What to do this week of August 11, 2019

159 weeks down, 64 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. ▢ Action 1: Call for intimidation-free elections.  Call: Your one House rep and two senators (look up). Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express my worry about the sharp increase in voter intimidation during the 2018 midterm elections. We need...

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Wanda Vázquez becomes Governor of Puerto Rico

After a tumultuous six days, Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez Garced (NPP, D) has become the Governor of Puerto Rico, following a unanimous Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ruling that found Pedro Pierluisi’s (NPP, D) swearing in as governor after Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation to be based on an unconstitutional law. Vázquez is now Puerto Rico’s second female governor in its history, and the third person occupying the role in six days, following the crisis spurred by the Telegram chat scandal. The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico issued an Opinion in the case Senado de Puerto Rico v. Hon....

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