Tag: Governors (US)

Gov. Edwards of Louisiana Forced Into Runoff With Republican

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a bid to recapture the governor’s mansion, Republicans in Louisiana mounted an aggressive challenge to Gov. John Bel Edwards, and on Saturday, the party succeeded in forcing the incumbent Democrat into a runoff election against a businessman who has never held political office. Mr. Edwards had hoped to emerge with […]

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Puerto Rico Got a New Governor 3 Days Ago. But His Future Is Already in Doubt.

Moments after being sworn in as Puerto Rico’s new governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi pledged in no uncertain terms that he would willingly step down in the coming days if the island’s Senate voted against confirming him — even if that made him one of the shortest-serving governors ever to take office. “I have to admit […]

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Pedro Pierluisi Wins House Confirmation to Be Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State. But Who Will Be Governor?

SAN JUAN, P.R. — With Puerto Ricans on edge over their uncertain political future, the island’s House of Representatives voted to confirm a new secretary of state on Friday, backing Ricardo A. Rosselló’s chosen successor just an hour before the ousted governor was to leave office. The vote complicated the succession, which will now almost […]

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Political Drama Delays Vote on Puerto Rico Governor’s Successor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The political crisis that has paralyzed the government of Puerto Rico for the past three weeks deepened on Thursday and left the island’s 3.2 million residents increasingly unsure who will ultimately lead the territory. A day of closed-door maneuvers among powerful political leaders failed to clearly determine who will succeed Gov. […]

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Who Is Pedro Pierluisi, Who Could Be Puerto Rico’s Next Governor?

A week after announcing his imminent resignation, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico nominated a new secretary of state who could succeed him. Pedro R. Pierluisi faces a confirmation hearing in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. But Mr. Pierluisi’s path to the governor’s seat is hardly an easy one. He faces serious opposition from […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Names Pedro Pierluisi as His Possible Successor

The ousted governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo A. Rosselló, chose his successor on Wednesday, nominating Pedro R. Pierluisi, who formerly represented the island in Congress, to serve as secretary of state. The move positions Mr. Pierluisi to take over as governor when Mr. Rosselló’s resignation becomes effective later this week. “After much analysis and taking […]

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Protests Are Still Erupting in Puerto Rico. This Time, It’s Over Wanda Vázquez as Governor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The message from the public to the woman who is in line to become Puerto Rico’s next governor has been as clear — and as literal — as the writing on the wall: “We are coming for you,” said a patch of graffiti on a building in Old San Juan. It […]

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15 Days of Fury: How Puerto Rico’s Government Collapsed

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The uprising that toppled Puerto Rico’s leaders might be traced to a day earlier this month, when the governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, was not even on the island. He was on vacation in Europe, curating his Instagram feed with smiling pictures of him and his wife savoring Paris. The political legacy […]

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Photos of the Protests That Unseated a Governor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — After the revelation of homophobic, misogynistic and degrading text messages between Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico and his aides and associates, protesters flooded the streets of San Juan, the capital, demanding his resignation. The uprising, along with looming impeachment proceedings, swiftly derailed Mr. Rosselló’s administration. On Wednesday, the protesters gathered […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Misread Anger Brewing Against Him

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The people of Puerto Rico knew him first as Ricky, the handsome boy who moved into the governor’s residence when he was just 13. His father was the governor, and Ricardo A. Rosselló grew up as a child of privilege in historic La Fortaleza, a palatial 16th-century mansion with heavy drapes […]

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An Anxious Puerto Rico Waits: Will the Governor Resign?

SAN JUAN, P.R. — An anxious sense of expectation gripped Puerto Rico on Wednesday as Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló kept his people guessing — and waiting for hours — for what appeared to be his imminent resignation. Late in the afternoon, his spokesman said Mr. Rosselló would address the Puerto Rican people by the end […]

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Puerto Ricans Deserve Better From Their Government

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to let their government leaders — and the world — know that they have had enough. The proximate cause of the protests was the July 13 release of 889 pages of private chat messages between Puerto Rico’s […]

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Anxious Democratic Governors Urge 2020 Field Not to Veer Too Far Left

WASHINGTON — After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate. But there was as much anxiety as optimism when the governors gathered for their annual fund-raising retreat on Nantucket last weekend and grappled with why a […]

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‘Too Many Years of Putting Up and Holding Back’: Puerto Ricans Say They’ve Had Enough

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Flags in hand, Puerto Ricans descended into the streets of San Juan on Wednesday, arriving by the thousands for several hours before the start of a massive protest. They filled a boulevard lined with palm trees, a sea of people covering every inch from the imposing Capitol to the waterfront with […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Insists He Will Not Resign After Tumultuous Protests

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Facing intense pressure to resign, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló addressed Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the morning after tumultuous street protests shook the capital of San Juan, and refused to step down despite what he acknowledged was widespread public discontent. “I understand perfectly that this was a message against me personally,” he […]

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After Tumultuous Protests, Puerto Rico Governor Insists He Will Not Resign

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Facing intense pressure to resign, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló addressed Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the morning after tumultuous street protests shook the capital of San Juan, and refused to step down despite what he acknowledged was widespread public discontent. “I understand perfectly that this was a message against me personally,” he […]

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24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ […]

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