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Puerto Rico votes to seek statehood

By Justin Sink, The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Nov. 7, 2012

Puerto Rico for the first time Tuesday voted to seek statehood within the United States, passing a nonbinding resolution asking the U.S. Congress to consider changing the status of the Caribbean island.

According to results from The Associated Press, 54 percent of Puerto Ricans said they wanted to change their territorial relationship with the United States while 46 percent preferred the current association with the American government, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

Voters were also asked to choose how that change would be implemented: More than 6 in 10 favored statehood, while a third backed "sovereign free association," a path that would grant Puerto Rico more autonomy. Full independence attracted 5 percent of the vote [.....]

Also see:

Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state of the US
BBC News, Nov. 7, 2012
[...]The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote [...]


Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway?
By Olga Khazan, WorldViews blog @, Nov. 7, 2012

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Suggestion to make Puerto Rico a state but change another state to an unincorporated territory of the US, so we don't have to change the flag and all the other stuff.

Which shall it be? So many choices come to mind.....

Texas is always wanting to go out on its own.

Maybe it really is time to consider letting those poor miserable people go! wink


As for Puerto Rican statehood, anyone support Puerto Rico joining Florida? The chance anyone's going to give them 2 Senators is slim, but bumping Florida over New York seems doable.

(at the same time could make Washington DC part of Maryland while giving all of Delmarva peninsula to Delaware. Could then add another 15 representatives to Congress, 6 for P.R./Florida, 1 for DC, and the other 8 to bring up total to 450, as 435 is insufficient - 460 might even be a better target. Big issue here is whether to do such an apportionment with a 40-seat advantage Republican House, though not sure what the final tally will be)

I endorse that Texas secedes first (we'll save a bundle on border patrols, etc. and that's just a side bonus), then we let Puerto Rica take their place.  Next to go would be Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and West Virginia.  It's a start.  wink

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