Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle Gurley is The American Prospect’s deputy editor.

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Recreational Marijuana Ballot Measures Usher In Next Phase in Drug War

With five states poised to vote on legalizing pot, millennials and minority groups are key voting blocs.

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(Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli) An opponent of California's Proposition 64 holds signs during a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento on October 4. T he five recreational marijuana ballot initiatives that go before voters next month send the clearest signals yet that the country’s ill-fated drug war has entered a new and potentially decisive phase. Legalization questions appear on ballots in five states: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Recent polls indicate that the measures are leading in all five states, ranging from a high of 60 percent of voters supporting legalization in California (with 36 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided) to 50 percent in Arizona (with 40 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided). But the prospects for passage or defeat will rest with three key groups: millennials, African Americans, and Latinos. Not surprisingly, individual state polls show that young people are the strongest supporters for legalization. In Massachusetts, 81 percent of...

Flying into Transportation Disruption

If you thought drones and self-driving cars were a challenge, just think of the mess regulators will face when driverless flying cars arrive on the scene.

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Day Donaldson/Creative Commons An artistic rendering of the TF-X, an autonomous flying car currently in development by Boston-based firm Terrafugia. O nce the stuff of cartoons and science fiction, flying cars—with or without drivers—may hit the market sooner than anyone is ready for them. Federal officials already have trouble keeping pace with autonomous technologies like drones and driverless vehicles. But self-driving flying vehicles threaten to widen the chasm between innovation and regulatory policy. Technology has long outpaced regulation in transportation, as in many other arenas. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems, began attracting widespread consumer interest only in recent years, but the Federal Aviation Administration did not promulgate drone rules until this summer. More than 30 states have statutes covering drone operations, but privacy, security, and safety remain public concerns. Now that North Dakota has become the first state to authorize drones for law...

Trump’s Agenda: A Recipe for Civil Unrest

Donald Trump's recent remarks highlight the candidate’s bigotry, but also signal a grim future for African Americans should he be elected.

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the Pastors Leadership Conference at New Spirit Revival Center, Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. D onald Trump finally got around to demonizing African Americans. The only surprise is how long he took to get there. Early in the campaign season, he raged about Muslims and demanded they be barred from entering the country. He labeled Mexican immigrants “rapists.” He has insisted that a wall, built by the United States, paid for by Mexico, must rise along the southern border. But he held off on making broad, baseless generalizations about black people. African Americans listened carefully to Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims and Mexicans: His horrendous poll numbers among blacks reflect a widespread understanding that nothing good can come of a Trump presidency. “We got the message and he wasn’t even talking about us,” U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, a District of Columbia Democrat,...

New Michigan Environmental Chief Enters Through Reverse Revolving Door

Michigan’s Governor Snyder is perpetuating a dubious tradition with his selection of an oil industry executive for his state’s top environmental job.

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(Photo: AP) Governor Rick Snyder talks about plans for connecting the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline to Lake Huron on June 21, 2016, in Flint, Michigan, in the aftermath of the city's drinking-water crisis. W hen she read that Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed a former oil company lobbyist as Michigan’s top environmental official, one Flint activist thought that she’d just read an article from The Onion , the online news satire website. But the story was not a joke . Snyder shocked environmentalists and Flint residents in July when he named Heidi Grether, a former executive for both Amoco Corporation and BP America, to head the state Department of Environmental Quality, one of the government agencies at the center of the Flint drinking-water crisis. The move came at a tense time in Michigan, as state officials wrestle with the fallout from the Flint debacle and consider whether to decommission two pipelines that run through the Straits of Mackinac and carry oil...

Black Lives Matter Plunges into the Affordable Housing Crisis

As the movement branches into economic justice, a protest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, led to a public conversation about the city’s housing policies. 

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(Photo: Flickr/andrew_cosand) Cambridge City Hall, in Cambridge, Massachusetts S hortly before dawn on Wednesday, two young black women and two young white men chained themselves to the front doors of City Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The well‐planned Black Lives Matter Cambridge protest transfixed the region as police officers surrounded them for the better part of the day. The protest had nothing to do with the Cambridge police or police brutality, the signature issue that birthed the movement, but everything to do with abuses of the economic kind—the inability of low‐ and middle-income Cantabrigians to find affordable housing. The drama ended with the protesters’ arrests in the late afternoon, but not before the mayor and other officials began a public dialogue about city housing policies. The Black Lives Matter movement originated in outrage over the killings of black men by police, turning into a nascent civil-rights movement. Its staying power now hinges on whether...

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