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Our national media talks a big talk when it comes to advocating for equality for all, if their shameless self-promotion is to be believed. However, their treatment of Puerto Rico's official push for admission into the Union as the 51st state makes crystal clear that some causes are more "equal" than others.
It's been exactly two weeks since Puerto Rico's sole non-voting representative in the United States Congress, Jenniffer González (R) presented in a speech on the floor of the House the island's Equality Commission (also known as its "shadow delegation"). The announcement was the fulfillment of a long-awaited campaign promise made by current Governor Ricardo Rosselló (D), which includes the execution of a "Tennessee Plan" that emulates the actions of the first U.S. territory to send a shadow delegation to Congress to lobby for admission as a state.
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Puerto Rico's shadow delegation has both heavyweight political chops and is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, along with one independent, in order to demonstrate the competitiveness of both national parties in the island, as well as get shadow delegation members in front of every single Member of Congress.
The Democrat component of the delegation includes two former Chairmen of the Southern Governors Association (former Governors Pedro Rosselló and Carlos Romero-Barceló) along with current Puerto Rico Democratic Party Chairman...
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