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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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Arizona’s unemployment benefits are pitiful. Will voters demand a change?

By: - September 9, 2020

As an Arizonan, I’ve become accustomed to my state placing near the very bottom on important measures of a state’s long-term health and stability, such as education and childhood poverty levels. So it’s no surprise that our state is nearly dead last in terms of unemployment benefits.

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#InvestinEd is on the ballot, and the ‘Sky is falling!’ predictions are here

By: - August 26, 2020

It seems the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is suffering from a full-blown case of Chicken Little syndrome.

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435,000 reasons to pay attention to the judges on your ballot

By: - August 11, 2020

The nearly half a million voters who wanted a chance to vote for increased funding for public education were overruled by one judge.

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Schools need to be allowed to be creative, flexible to save this school year

By: - July 29, 2020

This year, there will be no photos with backpacks. No shopping cart with supplies. This year, everything from sports seasons to in-person learning is TBD. The only sure things are uncertainty and stress.

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Arizona’s reluctant governor

By: - July 15, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey has been facing a storm of questions about whether or not he’s been slow to react to Arizona’s rising coronavirus numbers. Without fail, Ducey’s allies run to his defense, claiming the governor isn’t cautious but rather “measured” and “deliberate.”  But if we look back on Ducey’s time in the governor’s office, it’s […]

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Commitments to racial equity ring hollow when you endorse bigots

By: - July 1, 2020

I believe many businesses and organizations will follow through on their promises, I also believe some are co-opting the moment in an attempt to garner positive PR while making little to no effort to change past discriminatory behaviors or policies.  

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We cannot fix racial inequities without radically reshaping our budgets

By: - June 18, 2020

One of the surprising byproducts of the protests over George Floyd’s murder is a movement to analyze government budgets.

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The needed police reform is a culture shift from conquering to protecting

By: - June 4, 2020

“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.” That was the message from President Trump to the nation’s governors on Monday during a conference call largely filled with him berating them about a weekend of protests and riots that, in his eyes, made our nation look weak.

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Running government like a business means favoring profits over people

By: - May 20, 2020

in Arizona, the business interests of private entities outweigh the concerns of consumers, even during a public health crisis. Surprised? We shouldn’t be. This is, after all, what it means to run government like a business. Private industries take center stage. Profits take precedence over people.

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Confused about how to save money on your APS bill? You’re not alone.

By: - May 6, 2020

“It’s basically a coin toss. Heads, APS wins. Tails, ratepayers lose.”

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Republicans sacrifice voter safety, so Dems need an in-person voting plan

By: - April 23, 2020

Keeping voters away from crowds and minimizing the need for poll workers makes sense. Without a doubt, it’s the safest way to conduct an election during a pandemic.

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Are Arizonans too dumb to be trusted with direct democracy?

By: - April 8, 2020

Arizonans pride themselves on being an independent bunch. We prefer our politicians as mavericks instead of sheep. We relish our ability to craft our own laws and outright reject those made by legislators.