Big Government Is Crippling Puerto Rico’s Recovery. Here’s How Trump Can Fix It.

This past week, the Jones Act became the poster child for everything that is wrong with government regulation — an outdated law hampering Puerto Rico’s ability to get the critical supplies it needs following a disastrous hurricane. Thankfully, President Trump responded to the storm by waiving this archaic regulation temporarily, but in order to assist Puerto Rico in a timely recover, this rule needs to be more than paused — it must be repealed. As Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner explained, the Jones Act is a 1920s-era law that: …prohibits tankers from hauling oil between U.S. ports unless those

Federal Judge Rules Obergefell Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

A federal judge has upheld Puerto Rico’s definition of marriage as between one man and one women. While the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extended marriage to same-sex couples, U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez asserted that the ruling does not apply to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is an unincorporated U.S territory. Judge Pérez-Giménez said of Obergefell ruling: “One might be tempted to assume that the constant reference made to the ‘States’ in Obergefell includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. . . . Yet, it is not the role of this court to venture into such

Ben Carson Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Sunday during the “Building a New Puerto Rico” 2nd Statehood Assembly in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, current Republican presidential front runner Dr. Ben Carson endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico. “Mis hermanos Americanos, my campaign is built around the premise of We the People and through such lens I view the statehood question in Puerto Rico as settled. In 2012, the citizens of Puerto Rico strongly supported changing their status from a Commonwealth to becoming the 51st state. The results of this referendum couldn’t be clearer and now is the time for Congress to support the millions of Puerto Ricans living both in Puerto Rico and on the

Jeb Bush Endorses Statehood For Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican statehood is not likely an issue on many voters’ minds as the country inches towards the 2016 presidential primary season.  However, while on a trip to Puerto Rico this week, Jeb Bush reportedly made his support for statehood a centerpiece of his message: “Puerto Rican citizens, U.S. citizens, ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state. I think statehood is the best path, personally,” he said at Universidad Metropolitana de Cupey in San Juan. “I have believed that for a long, long while. I’m not new to this.” […] Bush said the next