We’ve Got Your Back! DC Appleseed’s 10-Point Plan

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Holding Congress Accountable on the Health Care Bill

Although Congress’s pending health care bill has been overshadowed by other headlines, the Senate and the President are moving forward with efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to recent press reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to have a vote by July 4 on the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA). And […]

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DC Democracy Timeline

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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 elected officials might be wondering […]

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A Settlement with CareFirst?

I hope you saw the recent article in the Washington Business Journal with the headline “CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell says it’s time to finally end the 10-year fight over its surplus.” We agree with Mr. Burrell. That is why this week we informed Mr. Burrell’s lawyers, the D.C. Insurance Commissioner, the D.C. Attorney General, and the […]

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Almost There: Holding CareFirst Accountable

I want to give you an important update on our longstanding effort to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to the public and ensure that it spends the excess of its nearly $1 billion surplus on community healthcare needs. The good news is that CareFirst for the first time has admitted that it has excess surplus, and […]

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Testimony by Walter Smith on the Clean up of the Anacostia River

TESTIMONY OF WALTER SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DC APPLESEED CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT  John A. Wilson Building Room 412 – April 28, 2017 Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Oversight Hearing on the Department of Energy and Environment Good morning Chair Cheh and other members of the […]

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Testimony on the Proposed Budget FY2018

Testimony of Amber Rieke, DC Appleseed Center before the Committee on Education Concerning the FY2018 Proposed Budget for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education Wednesday, April 24, 2017 John A. Wilson Building, Room 120. Good morning Chairman Grosso, members of the committee, and committee staff. My name is Amber Rieke, and I am […]

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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 presidential election. This is good […]

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Survey for Early Childhood Workforce is Online Now!

Do you work in early care and education in DC? Please take our survey! This new initiative builds on the report we issued earlier this year about the high cost of providing high quality care to infants and toddlers. Now we are trying to help District policy makers better understand the strengths and needs of […]

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