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  • Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal

    05/24/2016 5:42:52 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 47 replies
    The bipartisan deal to tackle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis represents Paul Ryan’s first big victory as Speaker. While the Wisconsin Republican has notched other wins on highway, education and government funding during his short, nearly seven-month tenure, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a hand in all of those negotiations.
  • Puerto Rico...Who Is Susheel Kirpalani?

    05/23/2016 8:39:09 AM PDT · by K Street Eyes
    Daily Surge ^ | K Street Eyes
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  • I Faced This Terrorist and Kept Him in Prison: Lopez Not a 'Political Prisoner'

    05/20/2016 5:46:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Joe Connor
    On Monday, while campaigning in San Juan Puerto Rico, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders publicly urged President Obama to grant clemency to Oscar Lopez-Rivera, calling him a “political prisoner.” Sanders promised to pardon Lopez if elected President. Oscar Lopez is in no way a “political prisoner” but, rather, a remorseless, convicted terrorist who was, during the 1970s and 1980s, a leader of the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation, or “FALN”, the most active domestic terrorist organization in American history. Among its numerous violent acts was the planting of a bomb during a busy Friday lunch hour in Fraunces...
  • Ryan strikes Puerto Rico debt deal with Obama administration

    05/19/2016 4:27:32 PM PDT · by GilGil · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/19/2016 | Rachael Bade and Colin Wilhelm
    ...Paul Ryan has reached a tentative deal with the Treasury Department on a rescue package to ease Puerto Rico's debt crisis, according to House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop, who has been leading negotiations. “We are moving forward — there is a deal,” the Utah Republican said Wednesday afternoon, adding that legislative text of the deal would be released later on Wednesday. Details of that deal were released by Bishop’s committee Wednesday night, when the bill was introduced. The agreement represents a breakthrough on an issue that has been stuck in congressional limbo for months. Ryan (R-Wis.) said last year...
  • U.S. House Unveils Retooled Promesa for Puerto Rico

    05/19/2016 4:25:28 AM PDT · by cll · 8 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 5/19/2016 | Luis J. Valentin
    SAN JUAN — Following several setbacks, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee finally released its new version of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management & Economic Stability Act (Promesa), Congress’ latest effort to “bring lawful order to chaos in Puerto Rico,” reads a summary of the bill released late Wednesday. In doing so, the committee says it is not providing access to Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, there is no threat of contagion to the rest of the municipal bond market and no precedent is being established for other troubled U.S. states. The bill, now HR 5278, could go...
  • Bernie's Thug Life

    05/19/2016 2:57:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19,2016 | Mathew Vadum
    The reason Bernie Sanders pointedly refuses to condemn his supporters for throwing chairs and making death threats against Democrat officials at and after the party’s Nevada convention is because he doesn’t actually object to their violent behavior. Sanders blew off pressure from Democrat leaders to disavow ugly tactics by his supporters at the event Saturday evening, calling the complaints “nonsense” and arguing that his supporters were not treated with "fairness and respect."
  • After delays, House GOP moves forward to help Puerto Rico

    05/18/2016 10:36:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2016 1:26 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    After weeks of delays, House Republicans are moving forward with legislation to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion in debt. A revised bill introduced late Wednesday would create a control board to help manage the U.S. territory’s financial obligations and oversee some debt restructuring. Though it is the third version of the legislation, those objectives remain unchanged. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has led negotiations on the bill and has worked closely with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., congressional Democrats and the White House. The aim has been to write legislation that could pass both the House...
  • Tourism Industry in Cash-Stapped Puerto Rico Attempts to Calm Zika Fears

    05/18/2016 12:46:42 PM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/14/2016 | Susanna Kim
    Puerto Rico's tourism industry is hoping to ease tourists' concerns about the Zika virus on the cash-strapped island, describing the extra precautions businesses are taking. "We feel this has been blown out of proportion," Clarisa Jimenez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association told ABC News. "We have taken all the measures that the CDC has recommended from day one." Tourism is particularly important to Puerto Rico, as the U.S. commonwealth struggles through its recession and its inability to pay $72 billion in public debt. Puerto Rico's hotel business comprises about 7.1 percent of the island's...
  • Why Puerto Rico is in trouble

    05/14/2016 10:18:41 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 55 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 11th, 2016 | A.A.K.
    The island’s troubles have their origin in an era of corporate tax incentives in the 1970s that exempted firms from paying federal taxes on profits earned in Puerto Rico. This was done to prevent tax-allergic American companies from setting up shop outside the country. Pharmaceutical, textile and electronics companies flocked to the island to spark a manufacturing boom that lasted for around two decades. In 1996, the American government, under the Clinton administration, started weaning Puerto Rico off these tax breaks to offset some of the country’s federal deficit. The largesse disappeared entirely in 2006 and its economy has suffered...
  • [Puerto Rico] "Humanitarian crisis" is a White House strategy

    05/13/2016 6:43:54 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    El Vocero (Google translation) ^ | 05/13/2016 | Laura M. Quintero
    Puerto Rico Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Alberto Bacó Bagué, distanced himself from Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla's strategy to project to the island as facing a humanitarian crisis. The head of the DDEC maintains that the humanitarian crisis in the island is a strategy of the Secretary of United States Department of the Treasury, Jacob Lew. He stressed that Puerto Rico is being affected by a conflict between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. "This is a strategy by Mr. Treasury Secretary, he is well respected, but it is a strategy in his mind and I worry...
  • Major League Baseball Throws a Spitball at Puerto Rico

    05/12/2016 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/16 | Michael Fumento
    It's hysteria, Carlos Beltran. Pure hysteria. Puerto Rico was thrown out of the game before it even entered the stadium It’s a common theme of mine that the American spirit is growing steadily weaker. One way in which we see that is the propensity to become hysterical at the least provocation, the proverbial elephant afraid of the mouse. Witness the ongoing hysteria over the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The latest victim is the impoverished U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which has struck out with Major League Baseball. A two-game series scheduled for the territory is being moved to Miami. Why? The...
  • Donald Trump won't bail out Puerto Rico

    05/09/2016 1:14:14 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 94 replies
    CNN -Money ^ | May 7, 2016 | Heather Long
    Donald Trump says Puerto Rico has "far far too much debt," and the U.S. government shouldn't bail out the island....... Puerto Rico is in crisis mode. It has run up $70 billion in debt, a staggering amount for an island of under 3.5 million people..... "You have to cut the debt way down and get back to business," he said.
  • De Blasio blames US racism for Puerto Rico’s money problems

    05/08/2016 2:04:30 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 8, 2016 | Mary Kay Linge
    Racism is to blame for Puerto Rico’s dire fiscal situation, Mayor de Blasio charged Saturday. “The backs of the United States government turned on them, while a health-care crisis grows, a humanitarian crisis grows, the Zika crisis grows,” he said in a speech at the National Action Network in Harlem.
  • Puerto Rico's hyped "humanitarian crisis" narrative backfires

    05/05/2016 5:00:20 AM PDT · by cll · 11 replies
    The "humanitarian crisis" narrative fueled by the administration of Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla, together with the fiscal crisis and the impact of the transmission of the Zika virus, is backfiring on the government of Puerto Rico, costing millions of dollars in revenue and affecting directly tourism, one of the few economic sectors that produce positive results for the U.S. territory. While it is true that the spread of Zika has had a strong impact on attracting tourists, groups and conventions to the island, this factor has been lagging in third place, taking the head "humanitarian crisis" narrative followed...
  • How to turn Puerto Rico into Hong Kong

    05/02/2016 10:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/02/2016 | Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer
    Later this week or next, Congress will take up legislation to rescue the commonwealth of Puerto Rico from its financial crisis that is getting worse by the day. Puerto Rico faces more than $70 billion of debt and the government is already in technical default on many of its bonds. Billions more come due in weeks ahead and the government says they are out of money to repay. These debts don’t even include an additional $43.2 billion of unfunded pension liabilities. Add it all together and the debt reaches at least 150 percent of GDP. That’s a lot of weight...
  • Puerto Rico Says Will Default Tomorrow, Begs Congress For Help "Or Else Crisis Will Get Worse"

    05/01/2016 4:39:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 5-1-2016 | Durden
    Update: PR Governor Padilla has spoken... -PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR SAYS WON'T PAY DEBT TOMORROW -PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR SAYS ISLAND WON'T PAY DEBT MONDAY -PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR: GOVERNMENT SIGNED MORATORIUM BILL YESTERDAY -PUERTO RICO NEEDS DEAL W/ CREDITORS AND/OR CONGRESS: GARCIA And of course, demands a bailout... -PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR CALLS ON U.S. CONGRESS, PAUL RYAN FOR HELP And then threatens... -CRISIS WILL GET WORSE IF U.S. CONGRESS DOESN'T HELP: GARCIA -PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR CONCLUDES REMARKS TO COMMONWEALTH A default on the $422 million due today is "virtually certain," S&P Global Ratings said April 11.
  • Congress, Not Obama’s Cronies, Can Save Puerto Rico

    04/27/2016 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/16 | Megan Barth
    Speaker Ryan has made it crystal clear that House Republicans' number one priority is to shield American taxpayers from a bailout of Puerto Rico My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.—Errol Flynn Due to Puerto Rico’s gross habits, the commonwealth has amassed a total debt of over $72 billion and has already defaulted on $221 million of its’ debt. When unfunded liabilities (pensions) are included, these additional costs bring the total value of their debt closer to $165 billion, approximately $150% of its’ GDP.
  • Paul Ryan's Biggest Test Yet: Saving Puerto Rico From Congress

    04/25/2016 9:09:11 AM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    Daily Read List ^ | April 25, 2016 | Billy House
    Puerto Rico’s complex debt crisis is shaping up as the first true test of Paul Ryan’s six-month old speakership.[snip] The high stakes explain why Ryan’s office has been involved -- often behind the scenes -- from the start. It could also ultimately find him having to strong-arm or bypass fellow conservatives, a move that would also break his promise for a new, bottom-up approach to running the House. Either way, time is running short. Congress is already blowing through a May 1 debt repayment deadline and Ryan needs to get something through both chambers before July 1 to avoid a...
  • Obama Cronies Cashing in on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

    04/15/2016 11:15:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    It’s not just the chickens that have come home to roost in Puerto Rico. It’s the hacks as well. The whole thing can be summed up in two words – Hack City. There were the public-sector union hacks whose contracts drove the Commonwealth into what is now estimated at $72 billion in debt. There were the government officials who encouraged this profligacy with indulgent hiring. There are the hacks in Washington who just want to send a big check and forget the whole thing, rather than insist on the reforms that put Puerto Rico in these straits in the first...
  • Paul Ryan: Don’t Call My Puerto Rico Bailout a “Bailout”, Call It “Restructuring”

    04/14/2016 10:53:40 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 13 Apr 2016 | Sundance
    Please insert a big fat TOLDYASO right here. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is lashing out at opponents to his Puerto Rico bailout bill demanding they stop calling it a “bailout”. Instead Ryan demands his opposition use the gaslighting term “restructuring”. Hogwash.
  • Committee on Natural Resources Releases Puerto Rico Legislation

    04/13/2016 9:10:59 AM PDT · by cll · 11 replies
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released H.R. 4900, the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).” Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and bill sponsor Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) issued the following statements: “We are nearing the conclusion of a collaborative and open drafting process that has involved all stakeholders to reach a responsible consensus. “This package of reforms will restore the guardrails of freedom and self-governance in Puerto Rico. It will hold Puerto Rico accountable to its debt, uncover audited financial statements, enforce fiscal responsibility and cut red tape holding down the Island’s economy. It provides...
  • Puerto Rico legislature ignores Constitutions, gives Governor sweeping powers

    04/06/2016 10:13:02 AM PDT · by cll · 29 replies
    The draft "Law on Moratorium Emergency and Financial Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico" would give many absolute and unilateral powers to governor Alejandro García Padilla, including the option of expropriating properties from private companies that refuse to continue to provide services to the Government during an emergency declaration. According to the bill, which was approved this morning in the House of Representatives after being approved in the Senate yesterday, the governor "may take all reasonable and necessary measures to continue providing essential public services and protect the health, safety and welfare, including, without limitation, expropriating property rights of a contractor". That...
  • Walmart wins suit against Puerto Rico; tax declared invalid

    03/28/2016 8:20:31 PM PDT · by cll · 12 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/2016 | Danica Cotto
    <p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Retail giant Walmart won a legal victory Monday in a fight over taxation by Puerto Rico's government.</p> <p>A federal judge in the U.S. island territory ruled that a modified tangible-property tax is invalid. The ruling was issued as Puerto Rico's government rushes to find new sources of revenue and a debt restructuring mechanism from the U.S. Congress while struggling through a decade-long economic crisis.</p>
  • Walmart wins suit against Puerto Rico; tax declared invalid

    03/28/2016 6:53:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 7:54 PM EDT | Danica Coto
    Retail giant Walmart won a legal victory Monday in a fight over taxation by Puerto Rico’s government. A federal judge in the U.S. island territory ruled that a modified tangible-property tax is invalid. The ruling was issued as Puerto Rico’s government rushes to find new sources of revenue and a debt restructuring mechanism from the U.S. Congress while struggling through a decade-long economic crisis. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said his government will appeal the decision. “The judge just took away $100 million from the people of Puerto Rico and gave it to Walmart,” he said, referring to the revenue the...
  • Plan to Rescue Puerto Rico Advances, Led by House Republicans

    03/24/2016 5:48:20 PM PDT · by cll · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/24/2016 | Mary Williams Walsh
    Politicians in Washington are coalescing around a financial plan to rescue Puerto Rico, just weeks before an expected major default on bond payments that would spread more turmoil through the island’s shaky economy. The plan, being drafted as legislation by House Republicans, would not grant Puerto Rico’s most fervent request: permission to restructure its entire $72 billion debt in bankruptcy. It would, however, give the island certain crucial tools that bankruptcy proceedings can offer — but only if it first comes under close federal oversight and meets other conditions. The oversight would be provided by a five-member voting board, selected...
  • California man faces sex trafficking charge in Puerto Rico

    03/24/2016 7:59:33 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico have arrested a California man who allegedly traveled to Puerto Rico to have sex with a minor. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that 38-year-old Shane Yoder of Fairfield told an undercover agent he was going to the U.S. territory to have sex with a 9-year-old girl. He has been charged with attempted sexual trafficking of minors. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. Yoder was the president of the Islamic Circle of North America chapter in Sacramento, California.
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case [Worst Ever Supreme Court Appointment!]

    03/23/2016 6:42:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    YahoNews ^ | March 23, 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case Noah Feldman Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped...
  • Rihanna is Moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico

    03/23/2016 9:25:02 AM PDT · by cll · 36 replies
    In a surprise to everyone in Los Angeles and probably most people in San Juan, Puerto Rico, pop superstar Rihanna announced today in an interview that she is moving to San Juan. Rihanna said that she was “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and wanted to “live in a place where people are real and genuine”. She recently visited the area for a few days and, according to her publicist, “Rihanna has been to San Juan many times in the past but this time she just felt so strongly that this is the place she needs to be at this time...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case

    03/23/2016 8:14:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 23 Mar 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Puerto Rico's Slide Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped in. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court...
  • Will Obama Demand Cuba Hand Over Fugitive Cop-Killer?

    03/22/2016 7:14:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    NBC ^ | Mar 20 , 2016 | Tom Winter
    White House officials would not tell NBC News whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice — including convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard — who are hiding in Cuba when he meets Cuban leaders during his visit to the island. ... Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979, was convicted of the 1973 execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She is on the FBI's Most Wanted International Terrorists list, and is the most notorious of a group of criminals and violent radicals who have...
  • Denmark world's happiest country, Burundi least: new report shows

    03/16/2016 1:30:27 PM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/16/2016 | Philip Pullella
    Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world's happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment. The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live. The top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. Denmark was in third place last year, behind Switzerland and Iceland. The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin,...
  • Federal judge upholds Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban

    03/15/2016 6:05:56 AM PDT · by cll · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 3/15/2016 | John Hicap
    A U.S. federal judge has upheld Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage and ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year that legalised gay marriage does not apply to Puerto Rico since it is an "unincorporated territory" and not a U.S. state. In his decision, U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez wrote, "One might be tempted to assume that the constant reference made to the 'States' in Obergefell includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Yet, it is not the role of this court to venture into such an interpretation." He said, "For the foregoing reasons, the court concludes that...
  • Democrats propose allowing Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy

    03/14/2016 12:13:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 14, 2016 | Peter Schroeder
    Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation to alleviate Puerto Rico’s debt woes, urging that the island be allowed to declare bankruptcy on all of its debt. The bill, released Monday, would allow the U.S. territory to restructure its $72 billion in outstanding debt and create a fiscal oversight board for the island. “For the 3.5 million American citizens living on the island of Puerto Rico, time is running short,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), one of the bill’s sponsors. “Congress has to act immediately to fix the federal funding shortfalls and give Puerto Rico the tools it needs to fully restructure...
  • The Dam Bursts for Rubio

    03/09/2016 1:18:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 81 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 9, 2016 | Jim Geraghty Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432553/dam-bursts-rubio
    It’s not that last night’s contests in Idaho, Hawaii, Michigan and Mississsippi doomed Marco Rubio’s campaign; it’s that the four bad performances atop Rubio’s previous disappointments — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and just about everywhere else not called Minnesota and Puerto Rico – have now created what feels like an insurmountable perception of defeat. Three Rubio-friendly conservative writers — Jen Rubin of the Washington Post, Dan McLaughlin of Red State, and Guy Benson of Townhall.com — contend it’s time for Rubio to quit the race and endorse Ted Cruz. Jen and Dan urge Rubio to strike the deal now...
  • Surging Puerto Rican population is remaking the country's biggest swing state

    03/09/2016 3:22:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Press ^ | March 9, 2016 | Kate Linthicum
    Rafael Rivera left Puerto Rico for central Florida late last year, fed up with the island's escalating debt crisis and dwindling sales at his cellphone shop. Five months later, Rivera, 36, has a nice apartment in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee and a job at a nearby Hyundai dealership. He's also registered to vote. Because Puerto Ricans are the fastest-growing group of voters in a contested corridor of a battleground state, "you could make the case that they're the most important voters in the United States," said Fernand Amandi, a Florida pollster. "Puerto Rican voters have completely upended the understanding...
  • Marco Rubio Wins Puerto Rico GOP Presidential Primary; Vote Could Include Criminals

    03/06/2016 6:56:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 03/06/2016
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio scored a much-needed win Sunday night in Puerto Rico, where he was declared the winner in the commonwealth’s Republican presidential primary, according to CNN. Prior to Sunday’s win, the only other state to throw its support behind the first-term senator was Minnesota. Early results from the island territory show the vote giving Rubio a wide margin in Puerto Rico, meaning he could top the 50 percent magic number that would award him the island’s 20 or more delegates with none going to challengers Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Governor John Kasich of Ohio, or businessman Donald...
  • Rubio Hopes Much-Needed Puerto Rico “Blowout” Leads To Florida Momentum

    03/06/2016 6:22:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 6, 2016 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    Rubio surrogates and aides quickly moved to cast his victory in Puerto Rico as a needed momentum shift a week before the critical Florida primary. Runners racing to bring results from individual polling sites to the Marco Rubio campaign headquarters in San Juan had good news for Rubio's campaign manager Jose Fuentes on the island: The Cuban-American Florida senator was cleaning up in Puerto Rico. "It's going to be a blowout," he told BuzzFeed News, before the race was officially called for Rubio. He had 73% of the vote with 61% of precincts reporting. While that good result for the...
  • Rubio Sweeps Puerto Rico, Cruz Third

    03/06/2016 2:24:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | March 6, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was set Sunday to collect no delegates in Puerto Rico as Marco Rubio swept the territorial primary in his second win of the GOP presidential nominating race. Rubio, Cruz's colleague in the U.S. Senate from Florida, was projected to win the under-the-radar contest with 74 percent of the vote, well above the threshold to take all 23 delegates at stake. With 41 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz was coming in third with nine percent and Donald Trump second with 13 percent. The outcome is unlikely to change the Texas senator's argument that he is the most...
  • Puerto Rico Republican Primary Results

    03/06/2016 12:37:56 PM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 143 replies
    Decision Desk HQ ^ | 3/6/2016 | Decision Desk HQ
    Polls closed 3pm EST 23 delegates at stake.
  • Thousands of Puerto Rico inmates vote in Republican primary

    03/06/2016 7:17:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    NJ Hearld ^ | 03/04/16 | DANICA COTO
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of inmates lined up in prisons across Puerto Rico on Friday to cast early ballots in the U.S. territory's Republican primary, some saying they hoped the elections can help lift the island out of an economic crisis. At least 6,500 of the island's 11,500 prisoners are registered to vote, and government officials said this year's turnout was strong. Even prisoners not registered are allowed to participate in the open primaries, which are held two days ahead of the vote for the general population. The island's Republican primary is Sunday while Democrats vote...
  • Puerto Rico Victory For Trump, Will Erase Cruz 15 Delegate Gain From Last Night (Vanity)

    03/06/2016 6:59:43 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 78 replies
    03/06/16
    There is an Open Primary in Puerto Rico today.  It's worth 23 Delegates.  If Trump wins this (which he should), then he should be able to erase most if not all the Delegates that Cruz gained last night (15 Delegates closer to Trump) . Trump should win Mississippi, Michigan and Hawaii on Tuesday expanding his Delegate lead even further along. Here is the link to the Delegate count.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/republican_delegate_count.html    
  • Inside La Isla: The Primary in Puerto Rico

    03/05/2016 8:16:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 4, 2016 | Vann Newkirk
    What is voting in the Puerto Rico primary like? As we reported earlier this week, there are no polls in advance of Puerto Rico's March 6 Republican primary, so it is hard to get a sense of what issues are shaping the race or even how Puerto Rican residents view the primaries. Puerto Ricans on the island can't vote for president in the general elections, but the Republican primary on Sunday, March 6, and the Democratic caucus on June 5 give the territory a chance to put its delegates to use in perhaps addressing some of the island's pressing issues,...
  • March 5, 6 GOP Primary Primer (KS, KY, LA, ME, PR): Closing Times, Polling Data, Delegate Formulas

    GOP Primaries for March 5 (Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine)154 of 2,472 delegates allocated GOP Primary for March 6 (Puerto Rico)23 of 2,472 delegates allocated
  • Trump celebrates with Puerto Rico [on the 99th anniversary of their U.S. citizenship]

    03/02/2016 2:37:13 PM PST · by cll · 9 replies
    El Vocero (Quick Google translation from Spanish) ^ | 03/02/2016 | Jennisa Marrero Morales
    Although at one time it was alleged that the primary candidate of the Republican Party for President of the United States, Donald Trump, wanted to take away American citizenship from Puerto Ricans once he took office, he sent a message this afternoon in the 99th anniversary of the Jones Act 1917. "I join the 3.6 million US citizens living in that beautiful island to celebrate such an important date for all Puerto Ricans and all Americans also," said the magnate in written statements. In his message, the businessman highlighted the natural beauty of the island, but established "the best that...
  • Will GOP Bailout Big Spenders in Puerto Rico?

    03/02/2016 8:25:57 AM PST · by 54fighting · 12 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | 3/2/16 | Andrew Quinlan
    Years of fiscal irresponsibility have caught up to Puerto Rico. Its government has long lived beyond its means and today the bills are coming due, but the island’s economy has also been hampered by costly local and federal mandates. Rather than reward Puerto Rico’s spend-happy politicians with a bailout as legislators are currently contemplating, Congress should remove impediments to economic growth so that the island can prosper. As the third-largest issuer of municipal bonds in the United States, Puerto Rico has racked up $73 billion in debt under the mistaken notion that borrowing and spending are the path to prosperity....
  • Puerto Rico’s Untold Tale of Corruption

    02/26/2016 9:28:03 AM PST · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | Feb. 24, 2016 | Jeff Mazzella
    By now, many Americans are familiar with the public debt fiasco that plagues Puerto Rico. The issue has steadily risen in prominence as the gravity of Puerto Rico's debt load sets in on the American public. Certainly, the island's economic mismanagement has taken center stage in Washington, as Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has been called to testify numerous times before Congress.
  • US: Puerto Rico could shut down if no debt restructuring

    02/25/2016 4:06:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 2:20 PM EST | Danica Coto
    The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday warned of a potential government shutdown in Puerto Rico and lengthy litigation if Congress doesn't approve a debt restructuring plan for the U.S. territory soon. Antonio Weiss, counselor to the U.S. Treasury secretary, issued the warning as House Republicans held hearings in Washington during a final push to address the island's failing economy. Weiss said he supports a plan that would temporarily suspend litigation to prevent a shutdown of basic government services on the U.S. territory and give time for voluntary negotiations with debt holders. ...
  • White House steps up aid for financially ailing Puerto Rico

    02/25/2016 9:49:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 11:41 AM EST | Kevin Freking
    Hoping to spur economic development in financially ailing Puerto Rice, the White House said Thursday it will speed access to almost $400 million for roads and other public works projects on the island. [...] But the White House also said Congress needs to give Puerto Rico the ability to seek bankruptcy protection under a framework reserved for U.S. territories. That proposal has drawn objections in Congress, with some Republican leaders saying Puerto Rico has the tools to restructure a large portion of its debt voluntarily. ...
  • To control the spread of Zika, Puerto Rico government orders price freeze on condoms

    02/05/2016 12:15:45 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 16 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) In the wake of scores of [Zika] cases that have been reported in eastern Puerto Rico and due to fears that it will spread to other municipalities, Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) Secretary Nery Adames announced that the agency added condoms to the list of price freezes related to Zika-virus prevention due to the alleged relationship to sexual transmission. "Because of the causal relationship that has been established between a mosquito bite and the probability of sexual transmission, a price freeze on prophylactics and/or preservatives has been ordered. Therefore, every store, service station, place, or business that sells...
  • Zika virus taking a bite out of tourism in Puerto Rico

    02/04/2016 12:36:52 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 2 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The tourism industry in Puerto Rico has begun to feel the impact of [the] Zika [virus]. Hotel & Tourism Association President Clarisa Jimenez told the newspaper El Vocero that some hotels have reported cancellations after the island was included among scores of countries under the World Health Organization alert declaring the disease a global public-health emergency. The cancellations have been mainly for trips related to so-called destination weddings since guests have included pregnant women, a population for whom public-health authorities have recommended special caution. According to Jimenez, it is still too difficult to estimate the economic impact of...