Fran Korten

Fran Korten a contributing editor for YES! Magazine, writing about opportunities to advance a progressive agenda in politics, economics, and the environment. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her husband, author David Korten. Follow her on Twitter @fkorten.

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President Barack Obama takes a tour of solar panels with Col. Ronald E. Jolly, Commander, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, April 3, 2015. Views
Saturday, February 23, 2019
After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?
In 2015, 21 young people sued the U.S. government for promoting the fossil fuel industry even when it was aware of the dangers of climate change. In Juliana v. United States, the youths accused the government of endangering their future well-being thereby violating the government’s public trust...
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A customer pays for a bag of cherry tomatoes with EBT tokens at a farmers market. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
Healthy Food Just Got a Big Boost in the New Farm Bill
Fresh fruits and vegetables just got a whole lot more affordable for people who use SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps. The 2018 Farm Bill passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law Dec. 20 by President Trump—...
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Under current law, redistricting presents a ripe opportunity for extreme political gerrymandering, especially in states where a single party controls the state legislature and the governorship. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
Partisan Gerrymandering Could Soon Be Unconstitutional
Some time before June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down rulings on two cases with momentous impacts on who controls power in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. “These cases are likely to be the most important democracy cases in decades,” says Michael Li, senior counsel at...
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Sunday, May 13, 2018
Rejection of Gerrymandering in Ohio Suggests the US Wants Fairer Elections
This week’s primary elections drew a lot of interest, primarily because of some high-profile races for U.S. senator in West Virginia and governor in Ohio. But a little-known ballot measure approved by the voters in Ohio may have greater long-term political effects. The measure, which passed with an...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?
The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to New York are defending their status as “sanctuary cities,” ready to defy Donald Trump’s promised orders that could lead to the deportation of more than 2 million immigrants. People are wearing safety pins on their...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
You may have noticed. In our political discourse, suddenly the term “populism” is everywhere. In April, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid joined 5,000 other political leaders in a call to make “big, bold, economic-populist ideas” the center of the 2016 presidential campaign. Outlets as disparate as...
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Monday, December 22, 2014
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
In June, I attended an event in Boston that signaled to me that the concept of the New Economy—and the grassroots movement behind it—had come of age. The event was the conference of the New Economy Coalition. The halls were full of students, cooperative leaders from the deep south, climate justice...
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)
So we all know that the likes of Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon are killing Main Street businesses , right? It’s certainly partly true. Those retailing behemoths have devastated a lot of communities across the country, and they’re still growing.
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
I’ve long had suspicions that the recycling I put out in my driveway doesn’t really get recycled. My doubts went up when my town went to “single stream” recycling. Now we toss paper, plastic, cans, and bottles all into one big bin. Can they really sort that stuff out?
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