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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

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.

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The rioters and Capitol Police will be punished, but not the instigators and enablers? How is that fair?

By: - January 12, 2021

I have no empathy for the insurrectionists who tore through the Capitol, intent on overturning the results of our election and installing Donald Trump as some sort of king. Many will be fired from their jobs and end up in prison, which is exactly what they deserve.

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Conservative media can’t see that women like Jill Biden are more than their marital status

By: - December 16, 2020

Like women who choose to use Ms. instead of Mrs. or Miss, Biden has a title that does not designate marital status. And for people like Joseph Epstein, that’s Jill Biden’s real transgression.

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Only YOU can prevent the spread of coronavirus — because our feckless leaders won’t

By: - December 1, 2020

We’ve heard the same mantra for months: mask up, wash your hands, physically distance, yadda, yadda, yadda. I don’t wish to downplay the message. We all need to do our part to control the spread of the coronavirus, and I’m glad our elected officials (at least some of them) are choosing to remind us on […]

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A purple Maricopa County means Republicans need to find a center that may no longer exist

By: - November 18, 2020

There was no blue wave in 2020. Not in Maricopa County, anyway. But there wasn’t a red wall, either.

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Tuesday’s biggest loser will seek revenge at the Arizona Legislature

By: - November 6, 2020

In Arizona, the biggest loser on Tuesday night wasn’t Donald Trump or Martha McSally. Rather, it was the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Just when you thought U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar couldn’t sink any lower…

By: - October 21, 2020

I shouldn’t be surprised by anything that comes out of Rep. Paul Gosar’s mouth or from his twitter feed. But I really was shocked to see this.

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climate change

Voters must choose whether we fight or ignore climate change

By: - October 8, 2020

Most Arizonans don’t need to be convinced that our climate is changing, especially after this summer. It was hot, dry and deadly. And we have the records to prove it.

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The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon, but your healthcare might be

By: - September 23, 2020

Raise your hand if you think health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions. Or cap the amount of benefits they can receive in a calendar year or over the course of a lifetime. Or deny coverage for essential benefits such as mental health, substance abuse or maternity care. If […]