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.
Arizona’s reluctant governor
By: Julie Erfle - 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 […]
Commitments to racial equity ring hollow when you endorse bigots
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
We cannot fix racial inequities without radically reshaping our budgets
By: Julie Erfle - June 18, 2020
One of the surprising byproducts of the protests over George Floyd’s murder is a movement to analyze government budgets.
The needed police reform is a culture shift from conquering to protecting
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Running government like a business means favoring profits over people
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Confused about how to save money on your APS bill? You’re not alone.
By: Julie Erfle - May 6, 2020
“It’s basically a coin toss. Heads, APS wins. Tails, ratepayers lose.”
Republicans sacrifice voter safety, so Dems need an in-person voting plan
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Are Arizonans too dumb to be trusted with direct democracy?
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
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.