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Julie Erfle

Julie Erfle

Julie Erfle hails from North Dakota, but has called Arizona home for more than twenty years. She began her career in Phoenix as a creative services producer at KPHO-TV5 and 3TV. Blending her background in communications with her passion for community activism, Julie launched the political blog Politics Uncuffed in 2011, and began working as a communications director and consultant on candidate and initiative campaigns. She is the former executive director of Progress Now Arizona, a progressive communications and advocacy non-profit, and a fellow with the Flinn-Brown Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and Leading for Change.

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Pandemic polarization is bringing out the worst in some parents

By: - September 9, 2021

In the not-so-distant-past, adults were expected to set the example for children. Be role models. Demonstrate respectful behavior. Follow the Golden Rule. But today, we are unquestionably failing our kids in this regard, especially as it relates to adult behavior toward school officials. Recently, an Arizona father, armed with “law enforcement-grade” zip ties, threatened to […]

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The Supreme Court’s flawed ruling on Invest in Ed should not stand

By: - August 25, 2021

The Arizona Supreme Court seems determined to find ways to undermine voter initiatives, particularly ones focused on education funding. In 2018, they kicked the Invest in Education initiative off of the ballot because the 100-word statement, which is supposed to be a simple summary of the main provisions of the bill, wasn’t specific enough and […]

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Extremists have co-opted patriotic symbols and words. It’s time to reclaim them.

By: - August 11, 2021

My friend Kathy has always been a proud patriot. A passionate supporter of veterans and first responders. Someone who volunteered countless hours in her community and teared up when the National Anthem played. Kathy’s never considered herself a partisan. She’s a registered independent. But she recently confided she’s not feeling so patriotic anymore and is […]

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Kari Lake

Democrats shouldn’t underestimate Kari Lake and her Trumpian appeal

By: - July 28, 2021

If I had to wager a guess right now on who will win the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, I’d place all my chips on Kari Lake, the former television anchor and MAGA enthusiast. Lake exudes all the qualities important in today’s Republican party. Like Donald Trump in 2016, Lake has no experience in public […]

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#redfored teacher pay

GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers

By: - June 30, 2021

Ducey and Arizona’s Republican legislators made their priorities crystal clear this year. They said NO to fully funding education and NO to millions of working families, but gave a resounding YES to wealthy special interests and campaign donors.

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Doug Ducey

Ducey ditches ‘things that matter’ to Arizonans so the rich can be richer

By: - June 16, 2021

In the not-so-distant past (two years ago), Gov. Doug Ducey praised a budget that paid down the state’s debt, claiming “it’s the responsible thing to do.”

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The GOP agenda: Reward the wealthy and defund the police

By: - May 19, 2021

Remember when Republicans were up in arms over the “defund the police” movement?

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Men are slaughtering millions of preborn babies every day with no consequences

By: - May 5, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican legislators want you to believe they’re defenders of the preborn. They recently bestowed civil rights to fetuses, while criminalizing doctors who terminate pregnancies based on “genetic abnormalities.” But what about the millions of preborn babies men toss into the trash or flush down the toilet after masturbating? Don’t those potential […]

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Who benefits from Ducey’s border theatrics?

By: - April 21, 2021

Gov. Ducey has a rare opportunity to help pass comprehensive immigration reform. But immigration scare tactics win elections.

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Doug Ducey

Ducey disses V.P., mangles her name in embarrassing show of disrespect

By: - April 7, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey crossed the line with his attacks on Vice President Kamala Harris, who he called “the worst possible choice” to lead the Biden administration’s efforts to curb migration at our southern border.  

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Business groups said improving education was key, but they’ve chosen tax cuts over our kids

By: - March 24, 2021

These same business groups that want quality schools also want more tax cuts. And tax cuts always win out over investments, regardless of how dire the need.

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Democrats shouldn’t let Ducey play them on gambling expansion

By: - March 9, 2021

I’ve got to hand it to Gov. Ducey: He really knows how to back Democrats into a corner.