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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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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.

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The pandemic has hurt Arizona’s families. Will Republicans finally make them a priority?

By: - February 24, 2021

One would assume our legislators would be laser focused on pandemic-related issues. But sadly, they’re not. Instead, lawmakers seem intent on finding solutions to problems that do not exist.

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Bipartisanship is a worthy goal, but not if it means nothing gets done

By: - February 11, 2021

Bipartisanship is a worthy goal. But not at the expense of legislative wins that further the very principles Kyrsten Sinema claims to endorse. Principles such as fairness and opportunity.

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Deficit or surplus, Republicans will always have an excuse to stiff students

By: - January 27, 2021

Arizona’s claim to fame during the Great Recession was leading the nation in funding cuts to public education. Back then, our Republican leaders claimed this embarrassing distinction was not their fault: The state was broke, so lawmakers had no choice but to implement an austerity budget and slash billions from education.