Wednesday, January 10, 2018

51st State

I wonder if the statehood ball will really start rolling for Puerto Rico.

It is worth noting that the 2016 Democratic Party platform implicitly endorsed statehood for P.R. ("Democrats believe that the people of Puerto Rico should determine their ultimate political status from permanent options that do not conflict with the Constitution, laws, and policies of the United States.") and expressly endorsed giving Puerto Ricans the ability to vote for President. If the Democrats get back in power, it would be a good issue for them to take up.

It is worth noting that the 2016 Republican Party platform more explicitly endorsed statehood, but it is hard to imagine the GOP letting statehood happen considering it would almost certainly create a very blue state, giving the Democrats more representation in the House and Senate, and several more electoral votes for President.