Statehood for Puerto Rico

many Republicans are wary of adding a 51st state that could add two Democratic senators and seven Democratic electors to the Electoral College.

Others, noting the examples of Alaska and Hawaii, both added to the union in 1959, say it can be difficult to predict how territories will vote as states.

“Those are the same people that 60 years ago said that Hawaii was going to be a super Republican state and Alaska was going to be super Democratic, and that’s why we brought them in together,” said José Fuentes Agostini, the head of Puerto Rican Republicans in the states.

—”Puerto Rico goes to the polls for statehood,” Rafael Bernal, The Hill


who thought that
was that a thing people thought


(Am myself rooting for PR statehood, for reasons that have little to do with shifting the electoral college and everything to do with getting proper rights and representation for 3.5 million disenfranchised American citizens)

Rachel says:  But if Puerto Rico becomes a state, they won’t get to enter all those international sporting events anymore…

Romie: True. I should form my own microstate, becaus that is the only way I am going to be chosen to represent a country, sports-wise. Nation of one Romie, competing to represent Romie, making full use of the official Romie training facilities. My country will consist mainly of a two-by-two square hole I stand in as a reverse podium to honor my eternal last place status, plus a flagpole and someone to play my national anthem backward (I and I alone will understand it is being played backward).