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Kiddlovesnets 11-08-2012 12:24 PM

Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
From ABC news:

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By CRISTINA COSTANTINI (@xtinatini) and JORDAN FABIAN (@Jordanfabian)
Nov. 7, 2012

Puerto Rican voters on Tuesday favored a ballot measure endorsing U.S. statehood but also unseated pro-statehood Republican Gov. Luis Fortuņo.

On Wednesday, Fortuņo, a member of the New Progressive Party that supports statehood, conceded to his opponent Alejandro Garcia Padilla of the Popular Democratic Party, which wants the island commonwealth to maintain its current relationship with the United States.

"Now it's time for us to come together as one people. The campaign is over," Fortuņo said in a news conference, the Associated Press reported.

Nearly 1.8 million voters in Puerto Rico participated in elections even though island residents cannot vote in the U.S. presidential contest. Voters were asked in a two-part non-binding referendum whether they want to change the island's territorial status and then what other status they prefer.

Nearly 54 percent voted they were not satisfied with the island's current status and 46 percent voted to keep it the same. Just over 61 percent voted in favor of statehood and 33 percent backed sovereign free association, which would have allowed more self-governance. Only 5 percent supported independence, according to results.

Some said, however, that the dual nature of the referendum caused some confusion. Around 418,000 less people voted for the second part of the ballot measure that asked about their preferred status than voted on the first part on changing the island's status.

Even though voters approved Fortuņo's signature cause, the results are a rebuke to the governor who earlier this year strongly supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the island's GOP primary.

Because the statehood option won does not automatically mean that Puerto Rico will become the 51st state in the union. This was a non-binding referendum that does not lead to a binding plebiscite. Congress ultimately has to approve any change in status for the island and U.S. political leaders, including Barack Obama, have long said that a prerequisite would include clear demonstration of popular support for a particular status.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, a member of the pro-statehood party and a Democrat who serves as the island's non-voting member of Congress won reelection with just over 48 percent of the vote. He said that he would present the results of the referendum to the Obama administration with the hopes of moving forward on statehood.

"The ball is now in Congress' court and Congress will have to react to this result," Pierluisi said, according to the Associated Press. "This is a clear result that says 'no' to the current status."

Puerto Ricans who live in one of the 50 states can vote in the presidential elections. This year, the Puerto Rican vote was especially crucial in Florida.


This time it seems that they are serious. What do you think?

SCREWstonRockets 11-08-2012 12:29 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
Rican broads are smoking, let it happen

Meticode 11-08-2012 12:34 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
If this was posted back over a decade ago it would be news. This shit has been talked out before years now.

MavsSuperFan 11-08-2012 12:42 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
I'm not that clear on this situation, could some people clarify somethings for me please?

1. I believe they have already voted previously to get statehood but were denied by the federal government.

2. Currently they are a protectorate of the US with the same status as Guam right? We took over these places after we beat spain in the Spanish American war, which is largely thought of as the point we became a global power. They can send non-voting representatives to congress.

3. They want statehood for obvious reasons, electoral votes, more funding, senators, more prestige etc. People don't want to give it to them cos it would cost money right?

-p.tiddy- 11-08-2012 12:44 PM

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51 stars

kentatm 11-08-2012 01:13 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
apparently they elected a Governor who is against statehood and they need something like 3/4 of Congress to sign off on it.

considering it leans Dem, no way it happens for a minimum of two years and more likely four.

Faptastrophe 11-08-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by -p.tiddy-
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AqjSozx6r6E/TBFxF69gJRI/AAAAAAAAAcY/0Vze6r1C2NQ/s1600/51_StarFlag.jpg


51 stars


Cangri 11-08-2012 01:42 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
Most people voted for it, but in the end the guys at Washington dc are the ones that have to approve of this, and I seriously doubt this will happen.

kentatm 11-08-2012 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Faptastrophe
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I really like that flag.

I want PR just for that.

Dasher 11-08-2012 02:04 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
Who are we bringing to balance this out? The Western Conference needs a state too.

Patrick Chewing 11-08-2012 02:13 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
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Originally Posted by Dasher
Who are we bringing to balance this out? The Western Conference needs a state too.



Samoan Islands

SourPatchKids 11-08-2012 02:54 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
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Originally Posted by Faptastrophe

Yes.

DeuceWallaces 11-08-2012 03:14 PM

Re: Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in US?
 
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Originally Posted by Meticode
If this was posted back over a decade ago it would be news. This shit has been talked out before years now.


It'd also be news if they voted in favor of it yesterday; dipshit.

senelcoolidge 11-08-2012 03:46 PM

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Big mistake. More depth. More entitlements. Unlike Alaska that has oil, Puerto Rico has nothing.

Bigsmoke 11-08-2012 03:50 PM

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lol nice


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