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Author: William-Jose Velez

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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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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Puerto Rico to hold Democratic presidential primary in March

As one of his final acts in office, former Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D) signed Senate Bill 1323 on August 2, which moves-up the date of the Democratic presidential primary from the first Sunday in June to the last Sunday in March. “This law intends to bring national attention to Puerto Rico, especially in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Currently, the primary is to be held in June, which reduces the impact we may have. By making Puerto Rico an early voting state, candidates will be forced to pay attention to our needs”, said former Governor Rosselló. The...

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Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner González-Colón calls for designation of a federal coordinator

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón (NPP, R) asked President Donald Trump (R) to designate a federal coordinator as a result of the situation that the islands of Puerto Rico are facing today, as well as, the importance of the federal funds and the protection of the American citizens’ lives and property. González-Colón has been in conversations with the White House for the designation of a federal coordinator as an option to expedite the disbursement of multi-million-dollar allocations for post-Hurricane Maria recovery. In February, the resident commissioner met with the White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, with...

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Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigns

After nearly 12 straight days of protests demanding his resignation, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), has announced his resignation effective August 2. With his resignation, Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez Garced is next in line for the governorship of the United States territory, presumably becoming the second woman to do so. This is the first time in Puerto Rico’s modern history that a governor resigns. The resignation comes on the same day the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico was set to begin the impeachment process, after a panel of jurists appointed by House Speaker...

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