Solid Principles Podcast: Episode 33
United States Plus One – The Prospect of Puerto Rico as the 51st State: When HR.2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010 passed the House 223 - 169, it barely gathered a whimper of press.
The prospect of America gaining a new state would normally be newsworthy, yet H.R.2499 missed out. Meanwhile, decade old perceptions of Democratic gerrymandering, and opinions based on the 93 and 98 failed plebiscites re-surfaced.
This 78 Minute Audio Documentary speaks with the participants themselves, and looks into the decade long debate over Puerto Rican Statehood.
Luis Fortuno: Governor of Puerto Rico
Jeffrey L. Farrow: White House advsior to Pres. Clinton on Puerto Rico.
Pedro Pierluisi: Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico / Sole non-voting Congressman of Puerto Rico
Luis Davila Colon: Puerto Rican Author/Columist, Laywer, Radio/Television Presenter, Political Expert.
The Hon. Dr. Hernan Padilla: Co-founder of The U.S. Council for Puerto Rico Statehood, former Mayor of San Juan, and Alternate Representative of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for Puerto Rico.
Don Soifer: Lexington Foundation
Brian Darling: Political Expert and Fellow at the Hertiage Foundation
Phyllis Schlafly: Constitutional Lawyer and Founder of the Eagle Foundation
Eduardo Soto: President of The Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association