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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas freshman senator has called out the Virgin Islands Board of Elections for circumventing a law establishing newly-formed, territory-wide board. The Board of Elections, led by self-described chairman Arturo Watlington Jr., voted Friday to split the board into committees over objections from minority board members.

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WASHINGTON — Are economic conditions in the territory so bad that the Virgin Islands government needs to be overseen by a federal advisory board just like Puerto Rico? That is one of the suggestions from Washington-based economist D. Andrew Austin who said in an 18-page report to Congress that the

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EASY RIDING: Scott Free Road on St. Thomas (orange plastic barriers present) and other roads across the territory are in the process of being restored. Roads such as Mandahl Bay Road (above) have already been repaired after sustaining significant hurricane damage. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Not only did Arturo Watlington call an illegitimate and illegal Board of Elections meeting in which to nobody’s surprise he was elected chairman, but games were played to keep Minority Caucus Leader Jevon O.A. Williams from participating, voting and objecting to irregularities. The conferencing connection used by

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE: Arturo Watlington had no authority to call or preside over today’s purported meeting of the Board of Elections. Here are the facts: FACT: Watlington was secretary, not chairman of the now-former Board of Elections. There is no provision of V.I. law allowing the secretary to act as chairman

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The nomination and election of Arturo Watlington as chairman of the V.I. Board of Elections was illegitimate and illegal, according to the minority caucus leader. Under V.I. law, an “official action” of the Board of Elections can only be taken at a meeting called by the “chairman

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SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old. Torres

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CHRISTIANSTED — The new territorial Board of Elections will convene June 20 for an organizational meeting. It was called called pursuant to the Board’s standing rules, which require a meeting upon the demand of five members. Minority Caucus Leader Jevon O.A. Williams submitted the demand and call to meeting Saturday to Supervisor

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Majority, led by Arturo Watlington, were up to their usual shenanigans at the first meeting of the newly-formed territorial Board of Elections on Monday. Watlington, D-St. Thomas, unlawfully presided over an illegal, illegitimate meeting that defied an order of the court, violated well-established provisions of V.I.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker has been asked to give an emergency legal opinion ahead of Tuesday’s Board of Elections meeting. Board of Elections member Jevon Williams, the Minority Caucus leader, requested the emergency legal opinion in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the defunct district

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