Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle Gurley is The American Prospect’s deputy editor. Her email is ggurley@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

States Have Real Election Problems. Voter Fraud Isn’t One of Them.

State election officials want to see Washington help out with their real issues or get out of their polling booths.

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President Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration executive order promises to command headlines for the foreseeable future. But he appears to have backed away, at least for the moment , from issuing a directive to launch a federal investigation into voter fraud, a national scandal in his own mind if not in reality. It is unclear whether Trump plans to wait for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions to officially arrive on the scene or for a more fortuitous time to inject additional mayhem into what was a frayed but functioning system of government before he took office. Trump apparently believes in voter fraud, but voter fraud in the United States is all but nonexistent. Loyola Law Professor Justin Levitt’s survey of federal elections from 2000 through 2012 uncovered 31 alleged (not confirmed) instances of voter impersonation out of more than one billion votes cast. Affronted by the fact that Hillary Clinton won nearly three million more votes than he, however, Trump...

It’s the Poverty, Stupid, Not Trump’s Imagined Carnage

While President Donald Trump continues his jeremiad against urban life, the nation’s mayors see poverty as their number one economic problem.

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In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump returned to his familiar urban script. American-style carnage mires mothers and children (fathers were left out of the equation) in poverty and in crime-, drug-, and gang-infested inner cities. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted at Chicago, his designated urban-carnage center, declaring he would send in “the Feds” unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also happens to have been President Obama’s first chief of staff, and other city officials figured out how to quell gun violence. It is a fact that Chicago has had the highest number of murders in the country over the past five years. However, there are more than a dozen cities, including Miami, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C., that have higher per capita homicide rates . Most municipal leaders understand that crime reduction hinges on addressing multiple underlying economic factors like poverty , which requires dollars and innovative strategies, not beatdowns. Chicago officials want...

Q&A: The Congresswoman Who Won’t Be There

Massachusetts’s Katherine Clark explains why she won’t be in the inaugural stands today.

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M assachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was the first woman and second member of the U.S. House of Representatives to announce that she would not attend the swearing in of the 45th president of United States. (Luis Gutierrez of Chicago was the first House member to say he wouldn’t go.) Clark says she did not want to participate in what she believed was the “normalization” of a man who revels in pitting groups of Americans against each other. Trump’s attack on John Lewis only solidified her decision. Lewis is one of Clark’s most esteemed colleagues, and she has documented this 21st century Lewis-and-Clark partnership on social media: She has posted photos of herself with Lewis visiting Harvard's Wadsworth House in her Cambridge district on her Twitter profile, and another of her with Lewis and other House members on Facebook during the June House sit-in to protest inaction on gun control. Whatever blowback has been directed against Clark, who has...

Elaine Chao Keeps Mum

The Transportation Department nominee declines to lift the curtain on the president-elect’s infrastructure revitalization vision.

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Members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee asked some very good questions about the Donald Trump administration’s future transportation policy Wednesday. They wanted to know the administration’s positions on privatizing and modernizing the air traffic control system. They had questions about tunnel, highway, and commuter rail projects around the country. They asked about rural infrastructure, federal permitting, and transportation grants and loans. But mostly, the senators wanted to hear about the Trump administration’s highly anticipated national infrastructure investment plan, one of the president-elect’s most eagerly anticipated initiatives. But transportation secretary nominee Elaine Chao wasn’t giving up anything, maintaining instead the incoming administration’s disturbing penchant for keeping secrets about their policy plans. Exactly how Trump plans to spend $1 trillion or more to restore American infrastructure to...

Voter Suppression Works Too Well

The Republicans’ quest for a permanent political majority culminated in mammoth voter suppression in 2016. The 2018 midterm election promises both to embolden these efforts and energize resistance.

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This article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Unnerved by progressive voting policies and by the numbers of black, Latino, and young voters streaming into the electorate, Republican state lawmakers across the country have moved to suppress the franchise to maintain GOP political dominance. The strategy is simple: Turn voting into a bureaucratic nightmare by eliminating popular timesavers such as same-day registration and early voting. Require photo identification to vote, using IDs that many people don’t have or cannot pay for. The harder it is to vote, especially for people juggling some combination of work, classes, and child or elder care, the fewer people will. It is difficult if not impossible to calculate how voter suppression affected voter turnout or the outcome of the presidential election. What is indisputable is that these roadblocks deterred many people from exercising the franchise, particularly in states like...

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