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Author: William-Jose Velez

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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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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US Virgin Islands government begins podcast of discussions with Bryan/Roach administration officials

In the United States Virgin Islands, furthering the mandate of Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) for transparency and open government, Government House has begun “The Press Box,” a podcast that features informal discussion with members of the Bryan/Roach Administration that are live-streamed at 5:30 pm on alternate Thursdays. The podcasts, which also are available for viewing after the live feed, are available on the Government House Facebook page. The first episode of “The Press Box” featured an interview with Governor Bryan conducted by host Brad Nugent and was live-streamed on January 16.   The second episode, which aired Thursday,...

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FEMA pledges to expedite US Virgin Islands’ recovery through collaboration with territorial government

United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D), Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne L. Williams-Octalien and Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen met with US Federal Emergency Management Agency Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor and FEMA’s US Virgin Islands Recovery Director Jacquelyn Heyliger to expedite major recovery projects in the territory tied to health, roads, power, housing, and schools. Friday’s meeting continues the ongoing discussion between Governor Bryan and Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor. In October, Governor Bryan and his senior staff met with Acting Administrator Gaynor in Washington, DC, and invited him to the territory to...

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American Samoa Delegate Aumua Amata announces disaster recovery funds

American Samoa Delegate Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R) announced the United States territory is welcoming $23 million in federal funds through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This grant is through the special appropriations passed by Congress in response to major disasters, including Cyclone Gita. (That’s the same bill that included Delegate Amata’s amendments for $18 million in nutrition assistance this year.) Amata thanked Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and HUD for following through with these funds for American Samoa. This $23 million grant will be put to use to continue helping the islands recover from the...

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