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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:50 AM

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood, The 51st state?

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Source: Buzzfeed

The most overlooked vote of 2012.



Puerto Ricans voted Tuesday to adjust the relationship between the territory and the United States and pursue statehood, advancing the quest of many on the island to become the nation's 51st state.

In a two-part referendum, voters supported abandoning the status quo and embracing statehood — the first time such an effort has received a majority.

President Barack Obama pledged in 2011 to respect “a clear decision” of the people of Puerto Rico on statehood. It is unclear if the 60 percent margin on Tuesday meets that test.

Under Article IV the Constitution, Congress would have to approve statehood for the territory — though it is not clear where congressional leaders stand on the issue.



Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/puerto-rico-votes-for-statehood

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Reply Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood, The 51st state? (Original post)
trailmonkee Nov 2012 OP
Enrique Nov 2012 #1
JDPriestly Nov 2012 #2
MurrayDelph Nov 2012 #18
Vox Moi Nov 2012 #3
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #4
Auggie Nov 2012 #7
KamaAina Nov 2012 #12
Historic NY Nov 2012 #5
SoapBox Nov 2012 #8
blackspade Nov 2012 #9
Firebirds01 Nov 2012 #14
KamaAina Nov 2012 #13
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #6
ancianita Nov 2012 #10
dawn frenzy adams Nov 2012 #11
colsohlibgal Nov 2012 #15
Lost-in-FL Nov 2012 #16
leftyohiolib Nov 2012 #17
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #19

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:53 AM

1. At least Buzzfeed asked

other sources have left it at "it is unclear where Congress stands"

Under Article IV the Constitution, Congress would have to approve statehood for the territory — though it is not clear where congressional leaders stand on the issue.

A White House spokesperson, in addition to spokespeople for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner, did not respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:58 AM

2. If Puerto Rico becomes a state, each Californian's vote for president will count even less.

End the electoral college. Let's make it one person, one vote for the presidency.

Californians should not be less equal than Montanans or Ohioans when it comes to electing the president.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:36 PM

18. If the crap in Florida and Ohio has shown us anything

it's that we CAN'T get rid of the Electodral College until after we correct voting in each state.

Right now, they have to steal on a state-by-state effort.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:58 AM

3. In the wake of last night's election what could be more appropriate?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:00 PM

4. I think it would be a damned cinch the Republicans would oppose PR Statehood.

What, allow a bunch of brown-skinned Hispanophones to elect their own Senators & Representatives?

With 3.7 million, it would rank 29th in population, greater than Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi or Arkansas.

And I just dambetcha they will mostly elect Democrats.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:14 PM

7. Agree

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:22 PM

12. The irony is that the pro-statehood party is affiliated with the repuke party.

And it would be the repukes in the House who would block it.

Because of this, it is not a lead-pipe cinch that they'd elect all Dems.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:00 PM

5. flags already designed..

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:14 PM

8. Oh my gosh...

that is so funny!

Creative minds at work...already.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:14 PM

9. How cool would that be?


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Response to blackspade (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:24 PM

14. They have had alternative

 

flag designs for a while. Everytime a new state is about to enter everyone comes up with ideas.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:23 PM

13. I'm lovin' the bottom one!



although I'd bet they'd go with the top.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:02 PM

6. Puerto Rico should be 2 states: East Puerto Rico & West Puerto Rico. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:17 PM

10. It might be a tricky process, not being similar to those of Alaska and Hawaii.

Congress should find a way to welcome PR. Fitting that extra star on the flag won't be hard at all.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:21 PM

11. Let's not forget about Washington DC


Our own Washington DC has been trying to achieve statehood for years. DC has been the victim of taxation without representation for too long.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:24 PM

15. Most Excellent

I'm pretty sure our historical stance has been to leave it up to them it was their call, so this should happen. So it will be interesting to see how everyone reacts here, particularly the still republican House.

I'm 100% for it....and you would think Obama would be as well.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:26 PM

16. Let's see how that's gonna play. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:31 PM

17. the republicans wont allow it b/c the will see it as a blue state

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:43 PM

19. Locking - duplicate thread

of http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014293859 . Please continue discussion there. Thank you.

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