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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.

COMMENTARY
Katie Hobbs inauguration

Katie Hobbs is a liability. Democrats need a plan B in the governor’s race, now.

By: - December 1, 2021

Arizona Democrats are worried. And for good reason. Katie Hobbs — their frontrunner in the race for governor — has a credibility issue, and it seems to be getting worse with each passing day. The onus for this problem lies squarely with Hobbs. She had an opportunity to show real leadership after Talonya Adams won […]

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redistricting

Investments in people or tax cuts for the wealthy? That’s the real dividing line in Arizona politics

By: - November 17, 2021

Donald Trump, cancel culture, fake news, critical race theory, border wall. Those are the soundbite issues Arizona Republicans are focused on for 2022 because they believe those are the issues that will motivate their base. Meanwhile, Democrats are focused on…well, I’m not so sure what they’re focused on. Unfortunately, the party has never been great […]

COMMENTARY
APS

Is the ‘legalized corruption’ that let APS get its way over?

By: - November 3, 2021

Plenty of APS ratepayers — myself included — have been complaining about our electricity bills for the past four years. We watched our bills skyrocket after the 2017 rate increase while also having to navigate novel and complex rate plans — plans that few consumers understood and that APS’ own customer service reps had difficulty […]

COMMENTARY

These two election reforms could moderate our increasingly toxic politics

By: - October 20, 2021

Americans value independent thinking. Competition. Healthy debate. A marketplace of ideas. Or do we? If social media is a gauge of what we cherish, I’d say the opposite is true. These past few years, I’ve watched friends cut ties with family members because they subscribe to different political beliefs. I’ve seen candidates and elected officials […]

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Tune in to the made-for-reality-television 2022 campaigns

By: - October 6, 2021

Move over Tiger King. There’s a new reality show in town that’s even more outrageous than an exotic cat owner’s murder-for-hire scheme. I call this “show” the Real Politicians of Arizona because, just like the “Housewives” series, there’s plenty of back-biting, sensationalized drama and questionable fashion choices. Taking center-stage in this made-for-TV reality are Republican […]

COMMENTARY

If Kyrsten Sinema wants to be a bridge-builder, she should start with her own party

By: - September 23, 2021

There is likely no other Democrat that has taken more fire from her party this last year than Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema. Sinema won the ire of progressives because of her insistence on preserving an archaic Senate rule that has historically been used to hamper civil rights: the filibuster. Democrats fear the filibuster will prevent […]

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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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

COMMENTARY
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.

COMMENTARY
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.”