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Month: February 2020

The political environment and changes in Puerto Rico

The past couple of years have been ones of struggling in the political sphere in Puerto Rico. From the bankruptcy, to the hurricanes, to the recent scandal with former Governor Rosselló (NPP, D), Puerto Rico’s climate is shifting and is at the crossroads of some major changes. At this point there is no way for the islands to stay the same, but what remains to be seen is how they will change given the current unrest. With elections coming up and new leadership moving in, the political and social culture in the San Juan capitol, and surrounding areas, could...

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US District Judges for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands confirmed

The United States territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands welcomed new US District Judges after Silvia Carreño and Robert Molloy were confirmed by the US Senate this week. “I recommended Judge Silvia Carreño Coll and today we obtained her confirmation as US District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico . I am confident that her professionalism, integrity and trajectory in public service on the Island will guide her in this new position, ”said Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP,R) of Puerto Rico. Silvia Carreño-Coll held several positions before being appointed US Magistrate including Associate Regional Counsel...

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The February 2020 Elections Territorial Poll

PARTICIPATE Pasquines is proud to announce the first of our 2020 polls, open starting today to all residents of the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. This is the first ever poll to focus on residents of all the territories, looking to gauge support in the Democratic presidential race, as well as monitoring approval ratings for elected officials at the territorial and national levels. Another innovation we’ve added for this cycle is the inclusion of approval voting style questions. According to the Center for Election Science,...

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What to do this week of February 16, 2020

170 weeks down, 37 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. Note: Every action on the AoC Checklist is now *clickable*. Help us track our collective impact by clicking any action you complete within two weeks of the publish date, and we’ll count it in our monthly tally. I value equality. Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability. Action 1:...

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US Citizens from Puerto Rico win right to transfer driver’s licenses in Georgia

Kenneth Cabán Gonzalez, a United States citizen born and raised in Puerto Rico, can finally transfer his Puerto Rican driver’s license to Georgia without having to undergo exams not required of US citizens born on the mainland. As a result of the lawsuit—filed on behalf of Mr. Cabán Gonzalez and other similarly situated Puerto Ricans residing in Georgia—the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has introduced a series of reforms that will allow Puerto Ricans in Georgia to transfer their driver’s licenses. DDS will also cease administering a so-called “Puerto Rico Interview Guide” which tested US citizens born in...

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