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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Steve Bannon

Republicans can’t straddle the wall much longer

By: - February 14, 2019

There’s a wall in our politics right now, both symbolic and literal, and it threatens to divide America in ways we haven’t seen in more than a century.

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An end to second-class citizenship? Arizona, don’t let us down

By: - February 1, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, you probably thought the Constitution already guarded against sex discrimination. But you’re wrong.  

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Governor’s 2019 priorities will have #ThingsThatMatter for special interests

By: - January 16, 2019

Ever play the Chinese fortune cookie game where you add the phrase “in bed” to the end of every fortune? Lately, I’ve been playing that game with Governor Ducey’s hashtags, though I use the phrase “for special interests” instead of the other one.

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Conformity fight presents #RedforEd with a big opportunity

By: - January 2, 2019

The 2019 legislative session kicks off in less than two weeks, and the most urgent matter on legislators’ plates is also likely to be the most explosive.

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AZ Dems need to stop supporting regressive taxes and fees

By: - December 19, 2018

Not all taxes are created equal, and Democrats need to stop putting their stamp of approval on ones that harm Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.

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Three needed reforms to rein in charter school profiteering

By: - December 5, 2018

We’ve been reading about it for months. Charter school CEOs, including a powerful Arizona legislator, are making millions off publicly funded charter schools. Oh, well, we shrug. They took a risk, invested money, and made a profit. That’s what businesses do. Except Arizona charter schools aren’t supposed to function like private sector businesses. Rather, they […]

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Make America Generous Again

By: - November 21, 2018

We want to help our neighbors, but for some reason, the same individuals we gladly assist during the holidays are scorned and vilified when their assistance comes not from a charity or church, but instead from a government institution.

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Arizona Democrats need more than a blue wave

By: - November 7, 2018

Record turnout. Progressive enthusiasm. Young voters. Those three things should have combined to create more wins for Arizona Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm election. Instead, we are licking our wounds and wondering how we failed to capitalize on growing discontent and a changing electorate that favors progressive issues.

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Ducey McSally

McSally and Ducey are all-in on Trump policies

By: - October 24, 2018

The only option we have to move the country in a different direction is to reject the politicians -- on a national, state and local level -- who embrace an elitist economy and its reality star president.