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  • House Democrats will vote to make Washington D.C. a state - and rename the District of Columbia the Douglass Commonwealth

    06/26/2020 3:35:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2020 | Nikki Schwab
    House Democrats are poised to approve Washington, D.C., becoming the nation's 51st state in a historic vote scheduled for Friday. Washington the 'District of Columbia' would be no longer, the bill's language says, as the new state would be referred to as 'Washington, Douglass Commonwealth' - swapping out Italian explorer Christopher Columbus for Maryland-born abolitionist Frederick Douglass. 'And what an appropriate name: George Washington and Frederick Douglass, joined together in support of citizenship, what an appropriate name it seems to me for the capital of America,' remarked Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House's No. 2 Democrat who represents nearby Maryland. 'To...
  • House committee approves bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state

    02/12/2020 6:55:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 11, 2020 | BY GRACE SEGERS
    A key House committee approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state, sending it to the House floor for full approval. This is the first time since 1993 that a bill to make Washington, D.C., a state has been considered and approved in a committee. The House Oversight Committee passed the bill over the objections of the Republican minority, which introduced amendments to impose restrictions on abortion and gun control on the proposed state. The bill has 220 co-sponsors, giving it the momentum to pass the majority-Democratic House. "For such a historic achievement for the District of...
  • Lawmaker proposes study of NY splitting into 2 states

    02/27/2019 11:47:11 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 2/26/19 | A Pee
    In New York state government news, the topic of splitting the state into separate upstate and downstate entities has popped up again at the Capitol. A lawmaker representing a suburban-rural district in eastern New York this week proposed legislation that would authorize a study into the up-front and long-term costs of separating the upstate and downstate regions into two states, along with the legal implications and economic impact. Meanwhile, lawmakers will return to Albany on Tuesday for a three-day workweek, their first since the Legislature convened Jan. 9 for its 2019 session. Here’s a look at stories making news and...
  • Illinois Rep. (Brad Halbrook) files bill to make Chicago the 51st state

    02/10/2019 4:48:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    WAND ^ | 2/09/19 | Brett Martin
    ILLINOIS. (WAND) - A state representative has filed a bill that would urge the United States Congress to make Chicago its own state and not a part of Illinois. The bill, filed by Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville, Ill. was filed on Feb. 7th. It currently has two co-sponsors, Rep. Chris Miller of Robinson, Ill., and Darren Bailey of Louisville, Ill.. The bill has not been assigned to a committee yet. The bill is a house resolution meaning it does not need approval from the senate or the governor.
  • NAACP rescinds its support of Puerto Rican statehood

    07/19/2018 9:05:21 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    The NAACP on Thursday rescinded its support for Puerto Rican statehood. The civil rights group emphasized Puerto Rican "self-determination" in a statement walking back its endorsement of a bill that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state, which it voted to support on Tuesday. "Puerto Rico should be free to decide its preferred option in a fair and inclusive manner," the NAACP said, adding that it has a "long history of supporting the democratic value of self-determination." In a statement on Tuesday, the NAACP threw its weight behind the Puerto Rican Admission Act after an appeal from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló,...
  • Bipartisan bill introduced to make Puerto Rico the 51st State

    06/28/2018 2:02:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 98 replies
    Upi ^ | June 28, 2018
    June 28 (UPI) -- A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress on Wednesday calls to make Puerto Rico a state by 2021. The Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018 was introduced by Republican Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, a nonvoting members of Congress representing Puerto Rico and co-sponsored by 36 members of Congress, including 22 Republicans and 14 Democrats.
  • Sluggish recovery from Hurricane Maria reignites calls for Puerto Rico’s statehood, independence

    04/29/2018 5:18:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2018 | Arelis Hernández
    Ernesto Davila Marin was in elementary school when rebellion interrupted class. As he left the schoolhouse that October day, black smoke rose from the town center where nationalists had set Jayuya ablaze, shooting police officers and declaring the independent republic of Puerto Rico from a rooftop. In the struggle for sovereignty from American colonial rule, Puerto Rican independence fighters staged uprisings in nearly a dozen cities that day in 1950 and later attempted to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. They held the central mountain city for three days until U.S. Air Force bombers buzzed over the emerald peaks packed with...
  • Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of Maria

    10/26/2017 3:15:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies ^ | 10/26/17 | Andrew Schwartz
    By a narrow margin, more voters think Puerto Rico should become a state than think it should stay a territory. According to the latest Fox News Poll, 41 percent say Puerto Rico should become the 51st star on the flag. That’s an 11-point increase since the last time the question was asked in June 2007, when 30 percent opted for statehood.
  • Why Washington should finally make Puerto Rico a state

    10/19/2017 8:01:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | October 18, 2017 | Cesar Conda and Alberto Martinez
    Weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the island remains in crisis. Eighty three percent of people in Puerto Rico don’t have power and thirty five percent don’t have access to clean water. The death toll currently stands at 48 but is likely to keep rising in the coming weeks. Washington has responded to this crisis with billions in immediate disaster assistance, helping the cash-strapped island afford its basic expenses after tax revenue has all but dried up. This financial commitment isn’t going to end anytime soon: Experts suggest the final cost could exceed $100 billion.
  • 2 california counties ask to form separate state

    08/29/2014 3:07:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | August 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyou counties, which share a border with Oregon and have a combined population of about 53,000, submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate after filing a petition complaining about a lack of representation to the secretary of state. "
  • Moffat County Commissioners approve secession for November's ballot

    08/27/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT · by kitchen · 4 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Erin Fenner
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  • Colorado secede? Counties weigh exit plan to form state of 'North Colorado'

    06/09/2013 10:32:48 PM PDT · by max americana · 27 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | JUNE 8, 2013 | Mark Trumbull
    Colorado secede? Counties weigh exit plan to form state of 'North Colorado' Colorado secede? It sounds implausible, but the idea of counties withdrawing from one state to form a new one isn’t impossible. But some big hurdles – like the US Constitution – make it very difficult. It’s an uphill climb that looks Rocky Mountain high, but a collection of independent-thinking counties may mount an effort to secede from the rest of Colorado and form their own new state. The idea is rooted in the political rift that many Coloradans – especially rural ones – feel with a Denver-based state...
  • Porta Rico to become State

    11/07/2012 9:29:42 AM PST · by BooBoo1000 · 45 replies
    11/7/2012 | BooBoo1000
    Last night Porta Rico voted to become the 51st state. It won't matter too much financially as we have been supporting them for ever. But it will add a complete state to the " Takers" list. These people well be entitled to two new Senators, and the usual number of Representatives, and they will be allowed to vote in our Federal elections.
  • Gingrich Moon base proposal a winner

    01/27/2012 1:26:56 PM PST · by Krankor · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/2012 | none
    Newt Gingrich’s moon base idea takes center stage at the GOP debate in Florida If aliens were watching from outer space, even they might have been shocked by the amount of time devoted to space travel in Thursday’s presidential debate. Newt Gingrich excited Florida’s struggling space coast this week when he pledged to industry executives that he would colonize the moon by the end of his second presidential term. The big promise drew flak from his GOP rivals, and a question at the debate from a Twitter user who wanted to know how the former speaker planned to pay for...
  • HR.2499 Audio Documentary - United States Plus One – The Prospect of Puerto Rico as the 51st State

    07/13/2010 4:59:15 PM PDT · by craigedwards · 20 replies ^ | July 12, 2010 | Craig Edwards
    'United States Plus One – The Prospect of Puerto Rico as the 51st State'. When HR.2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010 passed the House 223 - 169, it barely gathered a whimper of press. The prospect of America gaining a new state would normally be newsworthy, yet H.R.2499 missed out. Meanwhile, decade old perceptions of Democratic gerrymandering, and opinions based on the 93 and 98 failed plebiscites re-surfaced. Is Puerto Rican Statehood gerrymandering for the Democratic Party? Can America afford another State? Why did Puerto Rico rejected Statehood twice?
  • House Approves (Passes) Puerto Rico Statehood Measure

    04/29/2010 4:04:13 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 88 replies · 2,104+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 29, 2010 | John Brandt Chad Pergram
    Breaking headline only....
  • Get the Facts on the Puerto Rico Democracy Act

    04/29/2010 9:23:22 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 9 replies · 432+ views
    Laurie Lee Masterson: ”I just got off the phone with Congressman Boozman’s office- At this point he is “leaning” against this bill here are some pros and cons they were able to send me~” Get the Facts on the Puerto Rico Democracy Act · The Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499) would authorize a federally-sanctioned plebiscite (vote) of the people of Puerto Rico regarding their political future. Currently, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory with Commonwealth status. Puerto Rico residents are U.S. citizens, but do not pay federal incomes taxes and are represented in Congress by a non-voting Resident Delegate....
  • MAMA MIA!¿Qué pensarán de la próxima?

    03/02/2010 8:11:43 PM PST · by MarvelynLouise · 2 replies · 256+ views
    The Alabama Tea Party Network Blog ^ | March 2, 2010 | Bamabelle
    The lengths to which the Democratic Party will go in order to push their ever-growing Socialist agenda on the American people are boundless. Rigging an election is nice work if you can pull it off. With the help of ACORN and others, many believe they managed to do that in 2008. And Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be trying to do it again as it votes next week on the misleadingly named Puerto Rico Democracy Act, which is designed to confer statehood on the island commonwealth by sheer deception. The bill is wrongheaded on so...
  • Puerto Rico under the microscope

    06/06/2006 3:19:30 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 20 replies · 239+ views
    El Nuevo Federalista ^ | 6 June 2006 | Teófilo
    Folks, sorry I've taken so long to post, but I've been pretty busy and, as you know, Vivificat! is my banner-blog, the one I update regularly. The hiatus has allowed me to keep an eye on developments in Puerto Rico since the government shutdown. The Island is under the microscope by Mainland politicians and economists, as well as by international economists. The next few years, may be even months, can make or break the future of our Island. The latest issue of the The Economist, dated May 25, 2006 contains a hard-hitting analysis of Puerto Rico's economic crisis. The article's...
  • Israel the 51st state

    01/16/2006 10:46:11 PM PST · by anotherview · 20 replies · 784+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 16 January 2006 | Bradley Burston
    Israel the 51st state By Bradley Burston There was a time when Israelis would routinely refer to this place as the 51st State. Only half in jest. It was a long time ago, when Israelis still spoke of America with the same wistful reverence they reserved for talking about heaven, and for many of the same reasons. America was more concept than destination then, a fictional place free of the realities of Israeli daily life. No death, no taxes, no terrorism, no call-ups orders for military reserve duty to occupy Arabs and face down their suicide bombers. Fine free public...