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Surprisingly, Republicans and Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear a National Popular Vote

Rachel Alexander, Republicans are hesitant to switch from our winner-take-all state laws allocating electors to the electoral college to using the National Popular Vote. The National Popular Vote Plan would award all of a state’s electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states. There is a fear that such

Puerto Rico – The time for democracy is now

Carlos Mercader, “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” – Article 1 in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) This Sunday, Puerto Ricans will cast their votes in a political-status referendum, exercising

Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  Many Puerto Ricans are celebrating after U.S. President Barack Obama announced he has commuted the sentence of 74-year-old nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera. Puerto Ricans have long demanded the release of Lopez. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in a violent struggle for independence for the

The disabled in Puerto Rico fend for themselves after decades of U.S. neglect

Robin Respaut, Amid the island’s economic crisis, citizens with severe mental and physical problems in the U.S. territory receive $74 a month of aid – about a tenth of what people in the states get. Juanita Gomez Cruz irons clothes and fries pasteles to help support her family. At 77, she is the sole caretaker for

Thoughts vs. Feelings, I am sorry you feel that way

Bruce Bialosky, You don’t want to be on the other end of a call with me to a vendor (cell phone, cable, credit card, airline etc.) when the person says to me “I am sorry you feel that way.” I immediately unleash my standard answer to them “This is not about feelings; this is not

At Hispanic Caucus gathering, new DNC chair apologizes for email leak

The new interim chair of the Democratic National Committee appeared at a gathering hosted by the Hispanic Caucus at the presidential convention and apologized for the leaked party leadership emails that showed an interest in undermining Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee. Donna Brazile, who was a political commentator for CNN and

Supreme Court’s Split Elevates Immigration as Election Issue

The Supreme Court’s deadlock on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan pushes one of the year’s most divisive political issues to the forefront, with Latino voter registration already surging in an apparent reaction to Donald Trump’s campaign. The court split evenly, 4-4, on Obama’s plan to shield as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation,

Those with fake birth certificates find it’s easy to live the American dream

Marianela Toldeo MIAMI — It may be getting harder to sneak into the United States, but once you’ve arrived, getting fake documents in Florida is a piece of cake. Counterfeit, altered or stolen birth certificates coming from Puerto Rico are the Holy Grail to Florida’s undocumented. With a phony birth certificate you can live the

Walter E. Williams: Coming End to Racial Preferences

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court 6-2 ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment that bans racial preferences in admission to its public universities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor lashed out at her colleagues in a bitter dissent, calling them “out of touch with reality.” She went on to make