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Puerto Ricans have no idea who will be new governor Friday, 17:01 Hong Kong people's time with Caribbean characteristics
As one of his last acts, Rosselló put forward veteran politician and lawyer Pedro Pierluisi to fill the vacant secretary of state post, next in line for the governorship under the U.S. territory's constitution.

Pierluisi is a [non-voting  delegate] to the U.S. Congress seen by most ordinary Puerto Ricans as a conciliatory, relatively uncontroversial figure, unlikely to be met by continued street demonstrations.

I don't know about that.
The Puerto Rican House of Representatives is expected to vote on Pierluisi's confirmation Friday afternoon. ... Some lawmakers said a House vote for Pierluisi would count as confirmation and allow him to assume the governorship. Opponents said he requires Senate approval, too, and they would sue to stop him becoming governor without that.
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Another obstacle for Pierluisi is Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who has said he would not vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. Several legislators have said they prefer Rivera Schatz over Pierluisi, but the Senate leader is a powerful figure deeply associated with Puerto Rico's political and business elite and his elevation to the governorship could re-ignite popular outrage.

archived post-colonial mischief
[Vázquez] set to replace Puerto Rico's governor doesn't want job

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 06:11:16 AM EST
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Puerto Rico House confirms Pierluisi as secretary of state
The House voted 26-21, with one abstention, to confirm Rosselló's nominee and potential successor. The legislature, which is controlled by Pierluisi's New Progressive Party, erupted into cheers when the deciding vote was cast. But Pierluisi's fate remains unclear.  ... However, the issue of who is rightfully governor is almost certain to go to court.
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"People are disgusted with the government in general, not just Ricardo Rosselló, everyone," said Janeline Avila, 24, who recently received her degree in biotechnology.

Take a number, laddie!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 09:20:03 PM EST
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Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor
"The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no extensions will be awarded."

Meanwhile in Hong Kong ...
A day of striking sows chaos across Hong Kong
and the ironies burn brighter

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 07:34:40 PM EST
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under the radar

US government delays Puerto Rico disaster mitigation funds

The Trump administration is delaying the release of more than $8 billion in funds to help Puerto Rico prepare for the next natural disaster, citing political unrest and financial irregularities in the U.S. territory.

The funds are part of $16 billion approved by Congress for mitigation projects, such as hardening electrical grids, in states and territories receiving presidential disaster declarations from 2015 to 2017.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD, sec. CARSON?!] is detailing rules for nine states to get the funds first. They are Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Missouri and Georgia.

HHS: Florida migrant child detention camp emptying out
[US] Health and Human Services Department [sec. AZAR?!] spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said in an email that all children who had been at the facility are now either with family members or at smaller state-licensed centers. The camp has housed about 14,300 undocumented children in total since March 2018, the largest such facility in the country. ... Last month, HHS expedited the process for sending child migrants to live with relatives already in the U.S. by eliminating [!] a fingerprinting requirement for adult siblings and grandparents. It also stopped [!] universally requiring child abuse and neglect checks unless there are special concerns.
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Some members of Congress [Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Shalala (FL-27), Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)] and immigration advocates have called for the Homestead center to be completely shut down, but it will remain available for future needs, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [?!] said in a statement that HHS should be more forthcoming about why[?] so many children were moved so quickly and exactly where they went. "I will seek a full accounting of where these hundreds of children who were reportedly relocated from the Homestead detention center ended up," the Florida Democrat said. "HHS must be more transparent, and I will continue to demand answers about the fates of these children."

archived collateral
SORNA, 2019
Backing expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, the Supreme Court ...
here it is, 2018
Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't ...
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., final order of dismissal, 2017
the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton ...
Latin American & Caribbean briefs , 2014
sanctions on Venezuelan officials culpable in that nation's repression ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 02:08:08 AM EST
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