The Jones Act

The first problem we find with understanding the Jones Act is that we can get two different laws confused. The Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917 made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens. The… Read more »

Up or Down Statehood Vote

Both Alaska and Hawaii voted on statehood with a simple up/down vote. “Shall Hawaii immediately be admitted into the Union as a State?” asked the ballot in Hawaii. “Shall Alaska… Read more »

Proposed States that Failed

Puerto Rico may not see a vote on the current statehood bill before the end of the year. A new bill will have to be introduced. “It is not uncommon,”… Read more »