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Reflections of an Evolving Elder: What We Call Democracy is in Danger

Rarely are we are offered a close-up of what goes on in the Capitol building. On Wednesday, in one of the longest days of my life, we saw something no American my age could have envisioned before President Donald Trump.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett discusses Trump's State of the Union speech, which she considered 'a call to action.' (Source photo by April Knight)

Plaskett Hopes to Advance Territorial Rights in Fourth Term

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett was hopeful Tuesday night that a sea change in Washington will bring a much-needed boost for legislation supporting the Virgin Islands and its fellow U.S. territories.

Election 2020: Referendum is a Possible Road to USVI Constitution

Voters in the general election in November may have the chance to weigh in on developing a constitution for the Virgin Islands through a question on the ballot.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Territory to Receive More Pandemic Unemployment Relief, Eventually

The Labor Department met the Sept. 10 deadline to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance Program, a stopgap measure while Congress hammers out a second pandemic relief package – but the money won’t flow anytime soon.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Plaskett, Fellow Delegates and Virgin Islanders Make Case for Territorial Rights

The time is more than 100 years overdue for the unincorporated territories of the United States to have the rights of full citizenship – including the ability to vote for president – witnesses told a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Tuesday Hearing Gives Voting Rights Advocates Hope for Change

Advocates for territorial voting rights are inching closer to achieving their goal as a House subcommittee meets Tuesday for a hearing on the disenfranchisement of U.S. territories – “a historic first,” according to Neil Weare, founder of Equally American.

Ron de Lugo, First and Longest-Serving USVI Congressional Delegate, Passes

Ron de Lugo, the first and longest-serving Delegate to Congress from the Virgin Islands, died Tuesday at the age of 89.
WAPA offices on St. Croix

Feds Funding One-Time $250-$500 Subsidy for WAPA Customers in May

V.I. Water and Power Authority customers will get a $250-$500 credit on their electric bills for May.
Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) on the phone in her Washington D.C. office speaking with reporters in March 2020. (File photo provided by Delegate Stacey Plaskett's office)

Plaskett Urges USVI to Pursue Focused List of Federal Funding Goals

While lauding new funding for the territory in the latest massive pandemic stimulus package just approved by Congress, Delegate Stacey Plaskett urged V.I. officials to work together on a short list of goals.
Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) on the phone in her Washington D.C. office speaking with reporters in March 2020. (File photo provided by Delegate Stacey Plaskett's office)

Plaskett: New Congressional Aid Package Fully Includes USVI

As Congress has wrangled, debated and delayed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus economic aid package, many in the U.S. Virgin Islands have been calling Delegate Stacey Plaskett's (D-VI) office to find out if all that aid going to states and to stateside U.S. taxpayers will also be available for the U.S. Virgin Islands.





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