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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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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 […]

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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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Invest in Ed

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.