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Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.

Georgia asks judge to dismiss U.S Justice Dept. suit against new voting law

By: - July 29, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit claiming the state’s new voting law is discriminatory should be dismissed because it relies on arguments rejected in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Republican Carr filed the motion to throw out the Northern District of Georgia case on Wednesday, saying that […]

Fulton chairman vows battle as state officials set stage for county elections takeover

By: - July 27, 2021

Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts pledged Tuesday to fight efforts by Republican state officials who are threatening a state takeover of its election board. The veteran local government official bristled this week as Fulton increasingly became the focal point of a provision in Georgia’s sweeping election law that allows state officials to remove a local […]

Federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s new voting law now face long odds

By: - July 25, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups suing to overturn Georgia’s new election law have an arduous road ahead to show how it disparately harms minorities after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision sets what legal experts say is a nearly impossible standard to overcome. Eight federal lawsuits are pending that challenge Georgia’s sweeping […]

Top Georgia leaders pitch plans to tap state treasury to spend on police

By: - July 22, 2021

The sharp uptick in violent crime around Atlanta is prompting state leaders to create new ways to pay for more police officers on the streets and provide other resources for law enforcement. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan Thursday said he would ask the General Assembly to create a $250 million tax credit program for donations […]

Kemp names Verda Colvin to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat

By: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp picked a Georgia Court of Appeals judge to become his newest appointee to the state Supreme Court, making Verda Colvin the second Black woman to serve on the state’s highest court. The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Colvin will fill the vacancy of the former Chief Justice Harold Melton, whose departure early […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

By: - July 19, 2021

If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in downtown Atlanta Monday to hear how […]

Election skeptics suing to ‘audit’ 2020 Fulton ballots running short of options

By: - July 15, 2021

Ten Fulton County voters looking to prove the baseless claims that widespread fraud factored in President Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 general election victory are banking on their review of public records to provide ammunition in their quest for an in-depth inspection of absentee ballots. But even with their revelation this week that they’ve identified nearly […]

State OKs Spaceport Camden, few ways now for opponents to defuse it

By: - July 9, 2021

The reality of rockets one day launching off coastal Georgia got a big boost Thursday after the state agency charged with protecting the coast said it doesn’t plan to stand in the way of a federal license for Spaceport Camden. The Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resource issued a letter Thursday saying […]

Federal judge declines to halt parts of Georgia’s new election law – for now

By: - July 7, 2021

A federal judge Wednesday denied a push to stop the enforcement of some new Georgia election rules for Tuesday’s two state House runoffs but is leaving open the possibility he could block parts of the law from taking effect in future elections. In Wednesday’s order, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Boulee said he didn’t want […]

Kemp interviews justice candidates in Georgia Supreme Court makeover

By: - July 7, 2021

The reshaping of the Georgia Supreme Court under Gov. Brian Kemp continues, as new Chief Justice David Nahmias takes the reins and six finalists vie to fill the court’s third vacancy since 2020. The Republican governor has started interviewing the potential replacements for the seat left vacant after last week’s retirement of Chief Justice Harold […]

Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law could hinder Georgia court challenges

By: and - July 2, 2021

The U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld provisions in Arizona’s election law because they did not violate the Voting Rights Act could make it more difficult for federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s voting law to succeed. Election law experts say Thursday’s ruling raises new doubts in most of the eight federal lawsuits alleging Georgia’s new rules […]

New absentee voting rules take effect with full 2021 Georgia election law

By: - June 30, 2021

Starting today, some of the most heavily scrutinized sections of Georgia’s new voting law go into effect — primarily absentee voting rules that have become the focal points of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit. The federal government’s lawsuit against Georgia on Friday argues that the state’s new election rules that shorten the window to […]