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In furtherance of transparency, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi passed an administrative order establishing registration and reporting requirements and creating new prohibitions for lobbyists and lobbyist firms engaging with the House of Representatives. Administrative Order 2021-03 directs the House […]

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Rep. Néstor Alonso Vega of the Puerto Rico New Progressive Party resigned from his seat in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on November 10. Vega, who held an at-large seat in the chamber, had been arrested and indicted for […]

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Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party won a majority of votes to become the U.S. territory’s next governor, according to official results released in the late evening on November 7. With 100% of precincts reporting, Pierluisi received […]

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Voters across Puerto Rico await final results on November 4 following elections that saw long lines and produced a tight gubernatorial race. Candidate Pedro Pierluisi holds a slight lead over Carlos Delgado Altieri and several other candidates in the race […]

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Puerto Rico delayed its Democratic presidential primary election for a second time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Democratic presidential primary election was originally scheduled for March 29. Democratic Party leadership postponed the election until April 26. Then on April […]

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The Puerto Rico Democratic presidential primary and special election to fill the seat of former Sen. Larry Seilhamer Rodriguez will be postponed. The elections will be postponed until April 26 in response to concerns of COVID-19. Rodriguez resigned from Senate […]

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House legislators approved a bill to establish a new unpaid emergency leave of 20 days for employees with a suspected or actual diagnosis of a pandemic illness. House Bill 2428 seeks to amend Puerto Rico Law 180-1998. This establishes paid […]

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Gov. Wanda Vazquez

Hundreds of demonstrators are calling for Gov. Wanda Vázquez to resign after the recent discovery of unused disaster relief supplies in a warehouse in the southern coastal city of Ponce. A video of the crowd storming the warehouse went viral, […]

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Senator and former Yauco Mayor Abel Nazario was arrested and indicted on November 6, 2019, on federal corruption charges. Nazario is accused of using money from government programs receiving federal funds to pay people to work on his senatorial campaign. […]

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The Puerto Rico Department of Justice released a lobbyist registry on its website, as required by Executive Order 2019-031, to establish a code of transparency for all agency heads in the executive branch. The lobbyist registry is part of an […]

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The Puerto Rico Department of Justice plans to launch its digital Lobbyist Registry platform this week to regulate interactions with government agencies. The launch is pursuant to former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s executive order. Executive Order 2019-031 provides that any person […]

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The Supreme Court of the territory ruled unanimously that Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing in as governor was unconstitutional and ordered him to resign by 5 p.m. Last week, then-Governor Ricardo Rosello appointed Pierluisi Secretary of State in order to assume office […]

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July 25, 2019  •  

Rosello to Resign

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello

Just days after vowing to complete his term, Gov. Ricardo Rosello announced he will resign on August 2. Rosello, who already was weathering accusations of embezzlement, faced widespread protests this month when the Center for Investigative Journalism published over 800 […]

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in San Juan during a territory-wide strike to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosello. Rosello was already facing accusations of embezzlement when the Center for Investigative Journalism published over 800 pages from […]

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