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Defending D.C.’s Gun Laws

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held by a 2-1 vote that the District’s requirements for carrying a concealed handgun in public violate the Second Amendment. The District’s law requires that a person applying for a license to carry a concealed gun must show either a “good reason […]

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A Real Chance for a CareFirst Settlement

Throughout our longstanding effort to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission, we’ve always hoped for a settlement that would avoid further litigation and protect the public interest. Now, because of an order this week from the D.C. Insurance Commissioner, a settlement finally is within reach. The Commissioner of the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities, and […]

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Giving D.C. Residents a Vote

Yesterday was a busy news day, so I wanted to deliver some groundbreaking local news that you may have missed. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill on Tuesday morning that would give the District’s Delegate to Congress the right to vote on all matters applying exclusively to the District. Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with Councilmembers Charles […]

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On HIV in DC: New Stats, New Survey

We are marking another milestone in our fight to end the HIV epidemic in DC. It is an opportunity for us to touch base about what the numbers are, what factors may help or hurt our efforts, and how you can get involved. This week the Mayor announced great news at the release of the […]

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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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