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Author: William-Jose Velez

Two Governors for the price of one

Noticel has an interesting piece on the rumors regarding who holds true power in the halls of Fortaleza. It appears that the person calling the shots is Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s brother, Antonio Garcia Padilla, who previously served as President of the University of Puerto Rico. A picture of the latter’s car in Fortaleza on a day the actual Governor is in the mainland fueled the talk about the real power dynamic in the executive branch. It’s a very troublesome if not entirely surprising situation. The Governor isn’t particularly known for his intellectual chops and appears to be easily swayed. Not helping the situation is the executive’s admission that he consults with his sibling on certain issues.Think Raymond Tusk to President Garrett Walker (this is a House of Cards reference and if you didn’t get it, you need to stop what you’re doing and go binge watch it now.) Though, that makes us wonder, in this scenario, who is the Frank Underwood? Noticel: Si el Gobernador no está, está su...

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Introducing #Bocaítos

Today Pasquines launches a new section within its website: Bocaítos. In it we will be linking to interesting stories on other websites that are driving the political conversation in the territory. You can see new bocaítos here and on...

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America the beautiful

The moment the Coca Cola ad aired praising this nation for its virtues and its people, I couldn’t help but to feel a sense of pride and patriotism. Sadly, I was sure that there would be some sort of backlash or outrage from those usual fringes of society, that while not representative of our character, nowadays get much more recognition then before. What I didn’t expect was for individuals whom I deem to be reasonable to criticize the ad, demanding that America the beautiful be only sung in English. It is somewhat shocking to see these attacks coming from individuals that have influence in our national affairs, especially when they say this is our being on a “road to perdition” (admittedly, Allen West’s statement was not exactly surprising). Not everyone who criticized the ad is a bigot or racist, but they have taken an indefensible position that stands at odds with everything that this nation was founded upon. How can it be that the nation conceived in liberty attacks those who sing it praises in languages that reflect their own cultural heritage? Since when is there an established definition of what it means to be an American, that excludes expressing your culture? It simply makes no sense for our framers to have intended to have a homogeneous nation that speaks one language, both because it would have undermined the...

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UPDATED: Popular Democratic Party’s website down, back up, down again

In what is surely a prime example of the disinterested manner politicians in Puerto Rico handle online content, we have found today that the Popular Democratic Party’s website is down. When you try to access www.ppdpr.net a message from GoDaddy, the domain registrar appears indicating that the domain expired and is pending renewal or deletion. The website in itself did not have much other than the daily press releases, but it remains an important tool that is often overlooked in political circles. This is a non-election year, but it doesn’t help to have your public relations status slowly dismantle, especially when leaders in your own party are complaining on how they are falling behind in the PR wars. UPDATE: Nevermind, it’s back up. Maybe they are paying attention to it. UPDATE 2:  The site appears to be down...

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PRFAA Director and the PPD don’t know how Congress works

In an embarrassing episode that is ongoing, the Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration has started a feud over his wrong interpretation of the recently approved appropriation for a status plebiscite. Juan E. Hernandez Mayoral, who has been ridiculed before for his performance in DC, came out today saying that the language as approved does not necessarily mean that the Department of Justice has to approve the plebiscite options and language before the money is spent. Hernandez Mayoral claims that the explanatory statement does not contain any instructions to the Attorney General. This would be fine, except that the explanatory statement concerning the appropriations for the Department of Justice begins with the following statement: “Report language included in House Report 113-171 (“the House report”) or Senate Report 113-78 (“the Senate report”) that is not changed by this explanatory statement or this Act is approved. The explanatory statement, while repeating some language for emphasis, is not intended to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein.” (emphasis added) In other words, the explanatory statement is clearly stating that the House and Senate reports language that is not altered, has been approved. It is in House Report 113-171 where the instructions for the Attorney General and the US Department of Justice are included, as we previously reported, being that: “…The funds provided for the plebiscite shall not be obligated until...

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