Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle Gurley is The American Prospect’s deputy editor. Her Twitter is @gurleygg, and her email is ggurley@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

DEA Wins the Battle but Is Losing the War on Marijuana

With a number of states moving toward legalization, stubbornness at the federal level may have little impact.

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AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nevada, to be among the first in Nevada to legally purchase medicinal pot. T he U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s refusal to decontrol marijuana has raised the hackles of doctors, patient advocacy groups, cannabis entrepreneurs, and potheads almost everywhere. Under the agency’s recent directive , marijuana remains an illegal, controlled substance like heroin and LSD that has no medical value. But unlike most federal regulations, the DEA move will have little to no effect on state-level marijuana politics. Since Colorado and Washington state green-lighted recreational marijuana in 2012, the DEA has gotten swamped by a tidal wave of legalization campaigns across the country for recreational and medical marijuana. Most states have moved fast, first, to allow doctors and patients who suffer from diseases like cancer and conditions like chronic pain to be able...

Q&A: Fixing the Transportation Mess We’re In

A conversation with ENO Center for Transportation's Emil Frankel on the Clinton and Trump infrastructure proposals, the federal fuel tax, and other transportation funding quandaries.

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AP Photo/Seth Perlman Road construction crews work to build a four lane highway on Route 29 in Edinburg, Illinois. Presidential candidates usually have very little to say about infrastructure. But 2016 has been an atypical election in most respects and so is the conversation about national infrastructure investment that has been kick-started by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have pledged to begin much-needed work on the country’s decrepit infrastructure assets, especially in transportation, a sector that affects the daily lives of every American. They have proposed steering massive amounts of federal dollars into nation’s roads, bridges, and airports, and current interest rates are very low which helps make the case for debt financing to get major projects moving. Emil Frankel, a senior fellow at the ENO Center for Transportation, considered what the two candidates have had to say about infrastructure investment and more...

Former Obama Strategist David Plouffe Weighs in on Election 2016

A conversation with Obama’s former campaign manager on Clinton, Trump, and why a ground game is so essential.

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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama talks with then-senior White House adviser David Plouffe as they leave the Kingsmill Resort, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Today David Plouffe jets around the country as the chief advisor for the ride-sharing service Uber, but eight years ago he was campaign manager for Barack Obama, the little-known Illinois senator who came out of nowhere to wrest the presidency away from Hillary Clinton. He went onto serve as one of President Obama’s senior advisors. Callie Crossley of WGBH Boston interviewed Plouffe at the recent National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Washington where he shared his thoughts on the state of play in the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. What follows is an edited and condensed version of the Crossley-Plouffe interview. C allie Crossley: What do you see happening in the Trump and Clinton campaigns? David Plouffe: This is...

Underserved Communities Rely on Uber, but Challenges Remain

Passengers who often face discrimination when trying to hail a taxi can turn to ride-sharing apps. Was that just an accident, or will those companies work to better serve low-income and minority areas?

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(Photo: Ross D. Franklin) David Plouffe, chief adviser for Uber, speaks during a news conference in Phoenix with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on June 11, 2015. F or a person of color, Uber’s appeal is simple: If you tap it, they will come. The ride-sharing service brought new mobility options to people in transportation deserts like Crenshaw in Los Angeles, Anacostia in D.C., and the South Side of Chicago, easing the stress of getting around a major metro area. But is Uber’s appeal in minority communities an “ unintended consequence ” or the natural byproduct of a savvy marketing strategy? Davie Plouffe, a former Obama administration senior adviser and now a chief adviser for Uber, tackled this and other conundrums during a Thursday interview session at the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists conference in Washington. During his conversation with Callie Crossley of WGBH Boston, Plouffe admitted, not surprisingly, that Uber’s founders...

Presidents, Congress, and Infrastructure Investment Gridlock

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic moves slowly across the Tappan Zee Bridge while construction continues on the new span. Nyack, N.Y., Wednesday, July 20, 2016. O ne thing that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can agree on is that America’s infrastructure is an embarrassment. That neglect is on full display in the nation’s capital, where a subway network that dazzled the country when it opened 40 years ago now slogs through an aggressive, federally-imposed schedule of maintenance and repairs. What do the two presidential candidates plan to do about the country’s trillion-dollar infrastructure maintenance backlog? In her Thursday night address, Clinton vowed, if elected, to kick-start some of the biggest infrastructure investment proposals since World War II during her first 100 days in office. She also touts a $275 billion infrastructure plan that includes a national infrastructure bank. As he has with most major issues, Donald Trump provides few details or specifics beyond throwaway remarks...

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