Author

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

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

Which will our leaders value more: a woman’s life or a utility’s large profits?

By: - 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.

COMMENTARY

Why are we acting like a bunch of Soviets when it comes to the climate crisis?

By: - May 23, 2019

We’ve become a nation of climate science deniers, ignoring the imminent threat of global heating.

COMMENTARY

We need leadership to make the most of this billion-dollar opportunity

By: - 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.

COMMENTARY

Instead of reforming charters, Ducey wants to reward bad actors

By: - 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.

COMMENTARY

Why is my electricity bill funding political ads?

By: - April 10, 2019

In just a few short years, the company used the profits they made off of its customers and shareholders to spend more than $52 million on electioneering.

COMMENTARY

The NRA will attack Mark Kelly. Let them.

By: - March 27, 2019

If there was ever a time to fight the NRA, it’s now. And if there was ever a candidate perfectly suited to take on that fight, it’s Mark Kelly.

COMMENTARY

State forcing schools to steal from Peter to pay for Mary

By: - 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.

COMMENTARY

The legislature lacks courage for real charter reform, despite outcry

By: - 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.