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Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court Gains New Rival: Governor Garcia Padilla

Puerto Rico’s ruling party, the Popular Democratic Party, lost little time in delivering a first strike against the opposition party dominated Supreme Court when it enacted Act 18 of 2013, aimed at limiting the Puerto Ric...
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Puerto Rico Resorts to Taxes and Gambling to Avert Budget Crisis

As Puerto Rico’s fiscal year comes to a close, Governor Garcia’s Padilla’s party (Popular Democratic Party, or PPD in Spanish) is facing close to an $800 million dollar deficit and no easy way to close it. The current cri...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico’s Religious Right Promises to Keep Fighting

As Puerto Rico slowly inches towards parity with other progressive states in LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) rights, the Island’s religious right is not going silently into the night. Last week, the ...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico Takes Important Steps Towards LGBTI Rights

Earlier last week, the Puerto Rico Senate approved, following an intense (and at times, hopeful on one hand, and depressing on the other) debate on S.B. 238, a bill that would outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual or...
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Pedro Pierluisi to Push for a Yes/No Statehood Vote for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner (ie. our non-voting congressman) Pedro Pierluisi proposed a bill in Congress to grant Puerto Rico the type of vote the Senate rarely gives itself: a straight Yes/No vote on Statehood. R...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico’s Law Schools Come Under Fire

Earlier this week, Matt Leichter of The AmLaw Daily published a scathing report on the (seemingly) shocking low employment rate for law graduates from the four Puerto Rico law schools. In the article, Leichter stated: “Fo...
by jeanvidal
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President Obama moves on Puerto Rico status (or so we think)

As the budget battle looms in the Senate, a small line in President Obama’s budget gave Puerto Rico a reason to celebrate, just as it should give a reason to be cautious. Following the November 2012 plebiscite, in which 5...
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Puerto Rico’s 100 Days: Pension Reform, Public Pessimism and Sotomayor

he first 100 days can be the more challenging of any leadership position, a fact Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has come to realize on his first 100 days. When Gov. Garcia-Padilla took office, he swore off the ...
by jeanvidal
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Death Penalty Strikes Out Again in Puerto Rico

On Saturday, a lone juror in a criminal case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico was all that stood between the Alexis Candelario Santana and the death penalty. The Federal Prosecutors wanted to get a...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rican Gated Communities Must Open Gates to Jehova’s Witnesses

On Thursday, March 21st, an already shell-shocked population (in Puerto Rico) was hit with another blow against the self-imposed prisonesque security measures many urbanizations and neighborhoods have: A District Court judge...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico’s Economy March Madness

Earlier this month, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla was forced to scale back some of his loftier campaign promises when he proposed austerity cuts to Puerto Rico’s Employee Retirement System (ERS). The move, as many predic...
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Puerto Rico Set for More Bitter Medicine with Pension Reform

Despite Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s promise during his inauguration speech that the time for sour medicine had passed (alluding to former Governor Luis Fortuño’s austerity measures), Gov. Garc...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court Rules Against Same-Sex Adoption

Puerto Rico’s LGBT community received bipartisan support earlier this year when the newly elected mayor of the capital city, San Juan, ordered the municipality’s health insurance provider to include same-sex partner...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico Moves to Privatize Airport, Finds Mixed Reactions

Last week, Governor Garcia Padilla received his first protest, courtesy of his administration’s support for the public-private partnership (APP in its Spanish acronym) concerning the Island’s main airport, the Luis ...
by jeanvidal
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Puerto Rico’s LGBT Community Receives Bipartisan Support

In an otherwise conservative “state” (unincorporated territory, to be precise), LGBT rights received support from members of both political parties in the Island. San Juan’s new mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz of the...
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