Thursday, April 16, 2020

Roll Call and Teen Kids News update statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., popular topics for the past three years of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

I concluded Tax Day postponed to July 15 because of pandemic with a preview of coming attractions.
Stay tuned for retrospectives for Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday.  The subjects will be adding states to the Union and stars to the flag, followed by holidays.  I've managed to tie the two together on this blog, thanks to Flag Day and Pina Colada Day.
The blast for the past for Throwback Thursday this week is Mitch McConnell calling Puerto Rico statehood 'socialism' drives one to drink on National Pina Colada Day 2019, the most popular post about both Puerto Rico and holidays during the ninth year of this blog.  I'll explain its history after I update the topic of adding Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., as states.

I begin with Roll Call's How statehood is granted to U.S. territories, explained.

Historically, territorial status has been granted as a precursor to statehood, yet 1959 was the last time any stars were added to Old Glory.

The United States controls five inhabited territories. While their citizens are American, their homes are not considered states — but someday they could be. Watch as CQ Roll Call explains the statehood process.
Moving from the general to the specific, Roll Call updated the status of D.C. Statehood in Coronavirus funding slight emboldens DC statehood fight.

In what seems like a lifetime ago — February — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton attended trivia night at a crowded local brewery, celebrating the House Oversight Committee’s approval of a bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

Just a few long weeks later, that brewery is selling beer only online for delivery or pickup. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, non-essential D.C. businesses have shut down, the Metro is running reduced service, and nine district residents have died as of Sunday night.

Late last week Congress passed a coronavirus relief package that provides millions less in funding to D.C. than states, because the district was grouped with federal territories rather than states.

“This is why you’ve seen me pressing so hard for statehood for the District of Columbia,” Holmes Norton told CQ Roll Call in a video interview Thursday.

“Hear me, I’m going to get it fixed in the next bill, and mind you, there is going to be a next coronavirus bill,” Holmes Norton said.

With D.C.’s non-statehood status affecting its access to emergency funding, CQ Roll Call took a look at where Holmes Norton’s decades-long push for statehood lies, including Republicans’ myriad Constitutional objections to making the nation’s capital a state.
Yes, every issue has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Also, Mitch McConnell calling statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico "socialism" made a cameo in this video, tying the two together and connecting the video to the reason I'm writing this post today.

Since the original post was about Puerto Rico, it's time for an update on its struggle for statehood.  Watch Teen Kids News ask Should Puerto Rico pursue Statehood or Independence?

Nicole tells us about Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that could become America's 51 state. She travels to Washington D.C. where she meets Pedro Pierluisi, the Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico. Mr. Pierluisi serves in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's his job to make sure Puerto Rico's interests are represented in our government.
I wish both Eleanor Holmes Norton and Pedro Pierluisi luck in obtaining statehood for their home jurisdictions.  It looks like they'll need it.

Follow over the jump for how Mitch McConnell calling Puerto Rico statehood 'socialism' drives one to drink on National Pina Colada Day 2019 earned its page views.

Mitch McConnell calling Puerto Rico statehood 'socialism' drives one to drink on National Pina Colada Day 2019 posted on July 10, 2019 ended the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News with 721 default and 1,737 raw page views.  According to the former, it was only the 20th most read entry posted during the blogging year that ended on March 20, 2020.  According to the latter, it was the second most read during the same period, third if one counts JCPenney and Macy's also closing stores in 2019, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse from the back catalog.

While I shared the link to the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, which was enough to earn it 558 default and 572 raw page views, ranking it as the most read entry of July 2019, it continued earning page views into August, maxing on the default monthly top ten at 564 default and 651 raw page views on August 9, 2019.  It ended August 2019 in seventh for the month according to the default counter with 170 default and 215 raw page views, ending August with 789 raw total page views.  September 2019 saw it in seventh for the month again with 164 default and 210 raw page views, its third month in the top ten with 1003 total raw page views.  It fell out of the default top ten during succeeding months, but continued to rack up page views, 225 during October 2019, 183 during November 2019, and 172 during December 2019.  The post ended the 2019 calendar year with 974 default and ~1,580 raw page views, enough for it to rank seventh according to the former and fourth according to the latter.  What accounted for its continued popularity?  Web search, I suppose.

Stay tuned for an update to 2016's Drum corps for the Wyoming Democratic Caucuses followed by a retrospective about holidays for Flashback Friday.

Previous posts in this series.
Previous retrospectives about statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

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