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  •  I've been following PR politics (0+ / 0-)

    for some time, and I have no idea. Party politics are organized almost solely on the political status question. What I can guess is that Democrats would be far more likely to organize on the island; 388,000 people voted in the Democratic primary in 2008, and Republicans only held a caucus. Plus I imagine Puerto Ricans would balk at "English as official language", even though English is widely spoken.

    As for the name, I would want it to remain Puerto Rico. What does Boriquen mean anyway?

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    by HoosierD42 on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 04:15:49 PM PST

    •  English is the official language (1+ / 0-)
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      So is Spanish.

      As for the name "Boriquen", it's the indigenous name of Puerto Rico and it remains in fairly common usage among Puerto Ricans.

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      by SaoMagnifico on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 05:05:27 PM PST

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      •  Well I'm just thinking of (1+ / 0-)
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        the Puerto Rican Democracy Act of 2009, where the GOP put on an amendment requiring the plebiscite language to be in English as well as Spanish (as if it wouldn't already). But the Republican party is pretty anti-Hispanic in general lately.

        23, Solid Liberal Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut

        by HoosierD42 on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 05:18:35 PM PST

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        •  It would have to be anyway (0+ / 0-)

          Puerto Rico is like Canada. Everything official is in both Spanish and English. Well, really it's like Francophone Quebec, where most everyone doesn't speak English at home, but the majority of people are either fluent or know enough to get by okay in the world.

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          by SaoMagnifico on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 05:21:58 PM PST

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          •  only 19% (1+ / 0-)
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            can speak english as second language 'very well'  according to the latest census of puerto rico.  that is very far from a majority. spanish is the language at home, at work, at school, on radio, on tv,...life is in spanish in puerto rico, no different from costa rica.
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