Kevin Hilgers


The Second Amendment and Concealed Carry in DC

You probably saw that yesterday afternoon, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that the District would not be appealing the D.C. Circuit’s decision on the city’s public-carrying law to the Supreme Court. This was a difficult decision, but we think the Attorney General made the right call, and we are glad he […]


On the Brink of a Multi-Million Dollar Investment in D.C. Health

You may have seen the Washington Post report last week on the District’s persisting racial and geographic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. For example, chronic diseases and depression are highest in Ward 8, and less than a quarter of residents in the District’s east end see a primary […]


Investing in D.C.’s Children

High-quality childcare is essential to children, families, and the local economy. Science tells us that brain development in a child’s first three years provides the building blocks for all future learning, and that children deprived of appropriate stimulation in that crucial period will struggle to meet their full potential. With […]


Debunking D.C. Myths

Yes The District of Columbia is the seat of federal power, yet the city’s own residents have less representation in the Capitol than other U.S. citizens. Not only that, the District’s local laws and budgets are more vulnerable to Congressional interference than other jurisdictions. These days especially, D.C. residents and their […]


Statehood is on the Ballot

If turnout so far is any indication, there’s strong interest in the election here in the District of Columbia. When early voting ended on Friday, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics reported that more than 101,000 D.C. residents had voted, a 77% increase from early voting in the 2012 […]


A Busy Week: Statehood, CareFirst Reform, Public Safety

It’s been a busy week in the District and at DC Appleseed. We have important updates on three different projects–D.C. Democracy, CareFirst Reform, and Public Safety–and we wanted to let you know about them. Statehood Will Be on the District’s November Ballot On Tuesday, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a […]


The D.C. Council Sets a Deadline for Holding CareFirst Accountable

As you know, it’s been more than a year since CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield failed to file a plan for spending $56 million of its excess surplus on community health needs–as required by District law and the order of the D.C. Department Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB). Responding to this delay, […]


It’s Time to Claim Budget Autonomy

The District has patiently attempted every conceivable strategy to achieve the right to budget autonomy–the right of District residents to decide for themselves how to spend their locally raised tax dollars. District officials have worked for decades on Capitol Hill to get a budget autonomy bill, but Congress could not […]