Puerto Rico statehood, Electoral Count Act

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In this July 29, 2015 file photo, a bronze statue of San Juan Bautista stands in front of Puerto Rico’s capitol flanked by U.S. and Puerto Rican flags, in San Juan. Ricardo Arduengo/AP Photo

We talk to a law professor about Puerto Rico’s role as a U.S. territory in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. Then, we learn more about potential changes to the Electoral Count Act.

Featured in this Show

  • Puerto Rico's role as a US territory, in the wake of Hurricane Fiona

    Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States but doesn’t get the same benefits as statehood. In the wake of Hurricane Fiona and the response from the U.S. government, we learn more about how Puerto Rico functions in this role and what would happen if it became a full state.

  • Efforts to change the Electoral Count Act in Congress

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has thrown his support behind a bipartisan effort to clarify how presidential elections are certified. We’ll talk to a UW-Madison political scientist about the changes, and why McConnell says it’s needed after the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Sam Erman Guest
  • David Canon Guest

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