Heidi Herron

Heidi Herron
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Birthday
October 31
Bio
I used to write about random things on OS, the first place I ever wrote publicly. But the political unrest that began in Wisconsin early in 2011, consumed me. My posts here are now all things Wisconsin either through documentational personal posts of the continuing struggle (which only appear on Open Salon) or through cross posts first published on WIvoices.org. I founded that organization in order to feature verbatim interviews with other Wisconsinites. These primary documents bear witness to the times that we live in and return the power to the people - where it belongs. WIvoices.org.

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AUGUST 17, 2012 3:22PM

Wisconsin Legislation Written for Mining Interests

 

With the focus on Wisconsin public policy in our country right now, it is crucial that we understand how it impacts real people.  Thank-you for taking the time to listen to our Wisconsin stories and to educate yourselves before you vote on these issues - they affect all of us.… Read full post »

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APRIL 24, 2012 12:05AM

WI Teacher says “students aren’t being fed”

 (first published on WIvoices.org)

Meg Farrington (29-year veteran teacher from Somerset, WI) explains that some students are struggling with hunger in school and how teachers have “stepped up to the plate” to bridge the gap and fill the need in the community. Farrington sa

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APRIL 12, 2012 4:42PM

Man Worries about Wisconsin's Retirement System

 
(first published on WIvoices.org)
Well into the evening, I met Bob Beglinger and his wife Sheryl after they had been on the road for several days. Bob is a member of the citizen’s group called POWRS Committee (ProtectRead full post »
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APRIL 2, 2012 11:58PM

In WI: GOP Primary, but all Eyes on Walker

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(all views are mine; picture from politico.com)

As the nation looks to Wisconsin today, those of us here are all focused on the Walker recall scheduled this summer. For the zillion reasons why, I’ve written a lengthy update, not intended for the casual political observer. The politic

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JANUARY 17, 2012 3:46PM

Why Wisconsinites Recalled Walker

first published on WIvoices.org

  • 1.5 tons - total weight of the paper petitions delivered by truck today
  • 16,700 - average number of people who signed every day for 60 days
  • 20,000 - number of petitions downloaded in/
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JANUARY 12, 2012 4:49PM

Voices from the Rally Crowd (pt 3)

 first published on WIvoices.org

 

This is the 3rd (and final) part of a series of interviews from the Walker recall kick off rally in Madison, WI, November 19, 2011. Read the first part of the series HERE and the second part HERE.

These bagpipers fromRead full post »

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DECEMBER 10, 2011 10:01AM

Wisconsin Couple Unable to get ID to Vote

(first published on WIvoices.org

John Wolfe and Rita Platt

(photo and VIDEO of partial interview by Art Juchno)

Now that photo ID’s are required for voting in Wisconsin, Jennifer “Rita” Platt and John Wolfe drove 45 minutes from Osceola to the nearest Dept. of

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NOVEMBER 27, 2011 10:20PM

Voices from the Rally Crowd (pt 1)

  

On November 19, 2011, I traveled to Madison, WI to attend the rally to begin the recall of Gov. Walker.  The weather was a warm, near 50 degrees for mid-November.  The crowd was lively with the regular songs, rousing speeches, local music, and the wave of protestors

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NOVEMBER 13, 2011 11:15PM

WI Voices: A Social Worker (update)

 

 “Megan”, a social worker in Child Protective Services, first told her story in May when the debate of Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill was still underway.  Now that the bill has passed, Megan has agreed to offer an inside view of the recent changes to her

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NOVEMBER 3, 2011 4:34PM

Wisconsin begins the Walker Recall

 

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Walker's speech interrupted by Occupy Chicago protestors.

 

 

Governor Scott Walker, the match that lit the progressive fire nationwide, will finally be eligible for a recall on November 15.  His Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and 3 GOP Senators will also be su/… Read full post »

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JULY 30, 2011 5:33PM

WI Voices: Social Services Funding Cut

Click HERE to watch a portion of her interview.

Duana Bremer has been the Director of Social Services for Polk, Burnett, and St. Croix counties for the last 7 years.  She left a more lucrative career in sales and marketing, in order to serve the neediest people in our

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JULY 25, 2011 1:12AM

WI Voices: Couple Helped Start a Union

Photo by Sarah Martinsen

Larry and Mania Moore are both retired teachers and residents of Wisconsin’s Senate District 10.  The Moores live in Mania’s childhood home on the edge of a sleepy pond in New Richmond.  With a level of foreboding, they’ve been witnessing t

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JULY 21, 2011 11:01AM

WI Voices: A Family Farmer

The Shafer Family

 

Watch a clip of John Shafer’s interview here.

 

Farmer John Shafer is a rare breed.  Along with his wife, Jenny, and young daughter, they live on a 4th generation, small farm in Spring Valley.  John spoke with us while he completed his morning ch

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JUNE 28, 2011 11:33PM

WI Voices: Correctional Officer

            

“Jake” is a correctional officer (aka “Blue Shirt”) in a Wisconsin state prison.  He has worked for the Department of Corrections for over 15 years.  Jake tells me that due to theRead full post »

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JUNE 15, 2011 10:19AM

In WI: They did it. They took our collective bargaining.

Late last night the WI Supreme Court lifted the restraining order placed by Judge Sumi.  Sumi ruled that the collective bargaining law would not go into effect because the state legislature proceeded to vote on the bill in violation of Wisconsin’s Open Meeting Law.  The Supreme Court,/… Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2011 12:28AM

WI Voices: Woman may be Forced into Nursing Home

Tami Webber
  

 

Tami Weber has lived in Wisconsin’s Senate District 10 her entire life.  Now in her forties, she grew up in the late Senator Gaylord Nelson’s village – Clear Lake.  Tami now lives in a modest apartment in River Falls.  She told me that due t… Read full post »

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MAY 19, 2011 8:37PM

WI Voices: A Social Worker

 

“Megan” is one of the more than 280,000 public workers in WI.  She’s a social worker in the division of Child Protective Services.  She investigates allegations of neglect and also the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children. If needed, she refers… Read full post »

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MAY 12, 2011 11:26PM

WI Voices: Man losing BadgerCare

 

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“Frank” is a 60-yr-old Wisconsin man.  He’s a single, self-employed contractor who works on homes after they have been foreclosed.  He has several grown children and small grandchildren, some whom were running around or jumping on his lap during our in… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2011 11:25PM

The Green Bay Packers on Unions

I have decided, after contemplation, to start using my real name.  I believe that it would add credibility to the fight for Wisconsin.  My stories can be verified and special interest groups will not be able to claim that recalls, opinions, and elections are being conducted by outsiders.&nb… Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2011 1:59AM

WI recall frenzy and ensuing lies...

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 grassroots recall booth (obviously) equipped with

handmade signs, grills, and bean bag games

 

13 = Total number of American lawmakers at the state level who have

           been removed by recalls

 

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APRIL 19, 2011 12:39AM

We did it. We recalled our WI state Senator.

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Senator Sheila Harsdorf

 

When I took our newest batch of signatures into the office in Hudson last week, I was given some surprising news.  “You weren’t even on their radar,” the field manager explained.

 

“What do you mean?” I wondered… Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2011 11:09PM

Wisconsin voters spoke yesterday. What the hell did we say?

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Yesterday was our first chance to show America (and ourselves) what we really think of corporate interests taking over our state.  JoAnne Kloppenburg only garnered 25% of the vote in November’s primary; yet, she won the coveted seat on the WI State Supreme Court defeatin/… Read full post »

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APRIL 3, 2011 10:07PM

Lessons from a WI recall

 

The canvassers swept our town like locusts, knocking on every single door 2-3 times yesterday.  Once would have been enough, but we weren’t that organized.  Even though I can’t confirm this - I believe that we are a hair’s length away from accomplishinRead full post »

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MARCH 14, 2011 12:30AM

Signs do the talking...Madison, WI rally

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This was the simplest, and most powerful image of the day.

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Farmers drove around the Capitol in tractors.

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(in red): "Never Vote Republican Again" also holding a palm tree "Fox News Lies" referring to the fake WI protest footage on FOX news s… Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2011 1:01AM

Taking back Wisconsin

 

Today we were polar "bird watching" as we held our Recall Senator Harsdorf Here sign.  As gentle snow fell all around, encapsulating us in a snow globe atmosphere, we quietly collected 119 signatures for her recall because of her support of Gov. Walker's "Budget Repair Bill." You seeRead full post »