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.
Listen to the experts on COVID-19, not the pundits
By: Julie Erfle - March 25, 2020
In this time of crisis, we all need to do our part to control the spread of COVID-19. That includes controlling the spread of misinformation. Trust the subject matter experts, not the spin doctors.
Coronavirus shows the need for ‘radical’ polices the rest of the world already has
By: Julie Erfle - March 11, 2020
These policies are not extreme. They’ve been implemented in almost every other high-income country across the globe without economic calamity.
‘Project Rocket’ is a great idea, but it values struggling students less than successful ones
By: Julie Erfle - February 12, 2020
The grant-based program is dubbed Project Rocket and gives additional, targeted resources to low performing schools with a high percentage of students who live in poverty.
A win-win for activists and Phoenix police? Yup, it’s possible
By: Julie Erfle - January 30, 2020
There are some Phoenix activists who believe the city’s police department has a systemic problem with police brutality. Others believe the problems are inconsequential, and the activists are part of a larger effort to wage a war on cops.
Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually
By: Julie Erfle - January 15, 2020
We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.
Who are the ‘forgotten students’ Betsy DeVos claims she wants to help?
By: Julie Erfle - December 18, 2019
A recent op-ed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had me questioning whether or not I was reading an article meant for the satirical news site The Onion.
Let’s not elect another newbie for president
By: Julie Erfle - December 4, 2019
If Democrats nominate Buttigieg, I’d vote for him without hesitation. But Dems would be wise to consider the one area where Buttigieg is similar to Trump and would make that “sunny day” situation when Trump is out of office less luminous.
Goldwater Institute seeks freedom from constitution’s reach
By: Julie Erfle - November 20, 2019
The Goldwater Institute needs to neutralize Hoffman, and it seems they’re trying to do so by creating a make-believe scandal about delays in ESA voucher disbursements.
Another way ratepayers are getting screwed
By: Julie Erfle - November 6, 2019
If you haven’t heard of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, otherwise known as RUCO, you’re not alone. Though this government organization has been around for more than thirty years, few Arizonans know about its existence. RUCO is a consumer advocacy agency, funded by ratepayers, for the benefit of ratepayers. Its job is to advocate on […]
Arizona Democrats have an opportunity to show real leadership. So why are they blowing it?
By: Julie Erfle - October 23, 2019
Democrats are supposed to be the party that embraces diversity and fights for equality, particularly in the workplace. When individuals in the private or public sector experience discrimination, we are oftentimes the first to demand accountability.