Three Problems with Territory Status

The House Committee on Natural Resources will be considering two bills on Puerto Rico  status. This is not by any means the first time Congress has considered. However, for more… Read more »

Race and Statehood

Slavery was an issue in the statehood struggles of many U.S. territories. But even after the Civil War settled the slavery question, race was an issue in the admission of… Read more »

7 Bad Arguments against Statehood

There are arguments against statehood and we have heard them all. Some of them are worse than others. Some of them, in fact, are classic logical fallacies. The arguments for… Read more »

Is Puerto Rico Too Expensive?

Congress makes all official decisions about Puerto Rico. By law, Congress is allowed to treat Puerto Rico differently from the states, and that usually means giving more to states than… Read more »