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We endorse former State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) because we believe she is the better choice over former State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) – not because we perceive Abrams to be the ultra-progressive candidate that her campaign has miraculously rebranded her to be.

When we looked back at State House votes by Fulton and DeKalb delegation members that we scored for 2014, 2015, and 2016, we found two votes by Abrams that were concerning: (1) her support for HB 891 that reduced early voting from 45 days to 21 days; and (2) her support for HB 397 that disbanded the State’s now-former Soil and Water Conservation agency.

Rep. Abrams, furthermore, has a strong belief in democratic participation, which is so critical to progressive social change. She led a huge voter registration effort called the New Georgia Project that was the subject of a false attack by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

It was a tough choice between former State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia) and R.J. Hadley, but in the end we felt that Rep. Dawkins-Haigler’s legislative experience, particularly in introducing several bills related to expanding democratic participation in Georgia, demonstrated a level of readiness for the role.

We were pleased with Dawkins-Haigler’s specificity with regard to her position on petition requirements for independent and third party candidates in Georgia: to eliminate them and allow such candidates to pay a simple qualifying fee just like Democratic and Republican candidates. Hadley said he supported ballot access, but was less specific.

Another difference is that Hadley said he would support going back to 45 days of early voting, while Dawkins-Haigler said she believes the current 21 days is sufficient. While we had some concern and discussion about this, we have still decided to endorse Dawkins-Haigler.

To those in PSC races who are against nuclear power and suggesting solar power is the answer for future electricity should stop and think about what they are doing. Electric power sources are rated by capacity factors which is the ratio of number of hours per year of electricity generation divided by the number of hours in a year which is 8760 hours.

Capacity factors for nuclear power plants across the nation are 0.9 or greater. The Vogtle plants will probably run for 80 years and generate electricity for 0.9x80x8770 = 630720 Megawatt-hours per Megawatt of plant size. If the plants costs are $25 billion and each plant is 1100 Megawatts, we have plant cost of $11.4 million per Megawatt. This gives a cost of $11.4 million/630720 = $18 per Megawatt-hour. This 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour capital cost for the electricity generated over the plant lifetime.

Solar plants in the deserts of CA or AZ have capacity factors of 0.19 where average rainfall is 5 inches per year. Atlanta has 50 inches of rainfall per year and capacity factors are about 0.14. This means solar plants generate about 1300 kilowatt-hours per year per kilowatt. What do you do for electricity when the sun does not shine about three quarters of the time. Solar plants might last 25 years and the plant may generate 30,000 kilowatt-hours over that time period. If the plant costs $3000 per kilowatt, the capital cost of electricity is $0.1 or 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is six times more than the nuclear power.