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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

Let’s not elect another newbie for president

By: - 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.

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Goldwater Institute seeks freedom from constitution’s reach

By: - 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.

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Another way ratepayers are getting screwed

By: - 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 […]

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Arizona Democrats have an opportunity to show real leadership. So why are they blowing it?

By: - 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.  

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Would $60,000 convince Arizona teachers to stay?

By: - October 8, 2019

Even after a recent round of pay raises, elementary teacher pay still ranks 49th nationally, which is the same ranking prior to #REDforED.

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Turning sex education into something dirty

By: - September 25, 2019

At issue is Kathy Hoffman’s stance that schools should be allowed to teach medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education.

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If you support teachers, pay attention to the Corporation Commission

By: - September 11, 2019

Last week’s spectacle at the Arizona Corporation Commission gave me heartburn.

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The biggest fight over education funding isn’t who gets the money, it’s who benefits most

By: - August 28, 2019

If there’s one thing a majority of Arizona voters seem to agree on, it’s that our state does a poor job of funding its public schools.

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AZ Republicans take a giant step backwards on immigration and race

By: - August 14, 2019

Once upon a time, not long ago, in a land called Arizona, there was a group of Republican politicians who wanted to shed the state’s post-SB1070 nativist image.

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Changes to Maricopa County elections: A nonpartisan fix or just another GOP power grab?

By: - July 30, 2019

It will take more time to determine whether this fixes the county’s Election Day woes or is simply part of a long-term strategy to seize election power and disenfranchise less desirable voters.

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Congressional Republicans are playing a dangerous game

By: - July 18, 2019

Congressional Republicans have taken on the role of virus. They do not simply acquiesce, they actively spread the disease.

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Look to AZ for answers on how to defeat Trump

By: - July 3, 2019

My fear is that Democrats believe they’ll win back the presidency by becoming the anti-Trump and focusing on the president’s faults in an effort to highlight their own moral superiority. If they do this, Trump will win.