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.
AZ Republicans take a giant step backwards on immigration and race
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Changes to Maricopa County elections: A nonpartisan fix or just another GOP power grab?
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Congressional Republicans are playing a dangerous game
By: Julie Erfle - July 18, 2019
Congressional Republicans have taken on the role of virus. They do not simply acquiesce, they actively spread the disease.
Look to AZ for answers on how to defeat Trump
By: Julie Erfle - 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.
Which will our leaders value more: a woman’s life or a utility’s large profits?
By: Julie Erfle - June 20, 2019
Stephanie Pullman didn’t need to die. But so long as we value profits over human safety, people like Stephanie will continue to pay the ultimate price.
Why are we acting like a bunch of Soviets when it comes to the climate crisis?
By: Julie Erfle - May 23, 2019
We’ve become a nation of climate science deniers, ignoring the imminent threat of global heating.
We need leadership to make the most of this billion-dollar opportunity
By: Julie Erfle - May 8, 2019
Vision has never been Gov. Ducey’s strong point. In fact, if there’s one thing both Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that this governor is as status quo and milquetoast-y as they come.
Instead of reforming charters, Ducey wants to reward bad actors
By: Julie Erfle - April 24, 2019
Instead of holding bad actors accountable, the governor is proposing large bonuses that will help some of the very schools who took advantage of lax regulations and filled their executives’ pockets with millions in taxpayer-funded largesse.
State forcing schools to steal from Peter to pay for Mary
By: Julie Erfle - March 13, 2019
I know, because I was one of those parents. Like so many others, I spent thousands of dollars out of my own pocket on private therapies.
The legislature lacks courage for real charter reform, despite outcry
By: Julie Erfle - February 26, 2019
It seems the charter school industry is far too powerful and legislators are far too chicken to seriously consider real charter school reform.