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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.

Legalized sports betting, horse racing quick out of the gate as Georgia Senate readies opening bid

By: - February 1, 2023

A Georgia Senate committee is expected to consider a bill next week that opens the door to legalized online sports betting. Republican Sen. Billy Hickman’s SB 57 is the first of what could be several gambling bills up for consideration this year after failed attempts in recent years. In the bill, a Georgia Sports Betting […]

Georgia’s big bet on electric vehicle rollout rides heavily on state and federal backing

By: - January 30, 2023

Gov. Brian Kemp is on a mission to make Georgia the undisputed electric vehicle capital of the nation. The Republican governor’s ambitious plan doesn’t seem too far-fetched after the significant strides made by the state on the economic development front in the last two years, which includes four multibillion-dollar investments into building electric vehicles and […]

Kemp pushes to get tough on crime, add more worker housing in 2023 State of the State speech

By: and - January 25, 2023

The next couple months will see lawmakers hash out raises for state workers, stiffer penalties for some crimes and a new partnership for worker housing if Gov. Brian Kemp gets his way. Kemp laid out his vision for this year’s legislative session and beyond Wednesday in his annual address to Georgians. “I’m proud to report […]

Fulton DA says ‘decisions are imminent’ on indictments in Trump 2020 election interference

By: - January 24, 2023

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Tuesday that “decisions are imminent” in an investigation into potential illegal interference by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the 2020 presidential election. Willis’ comments regarding the timing of the case were made during a hearing where prosecutors asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney […]

Georgia AG takes lead in domestic terror cases after protests of planned Atlanta police training center turn violent

By: - January 24, 2023

Leaders in Georgia are ready for action after protests over an Atlanta police public safety training facility erupted into violence and vandalism last week, including thrown Molotov cocktails, a patrol car set ablaze, a 26-year-old protester killed and a state trooper shot. Georgia Republican Attorney General Chris Carr announced on Monday that he is preparing […]

Fulton grand jury report on attempts to overturn Trump’s 2020 Georgia election loss could soon be revealed

By: - January 23, 2023

You could get your first glimpse soon into what a Fulton County special grand jury heard behind closed doors as it investigated efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to interfere in the results of the 2020 election. The calls by several media groups for an immediate release of the grand jury’s findings […]

Times runs short for public to weigh in on state mining permit for edge of the Okefenokee Swamp

By: - January 19, 2023

The clock is ticking down for the public to voice its opinion on a proposed heavy metals strip mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division opened up a 60-day public comment period Thursday after releasing the draft mining land use permit that would allow Alabama’s Twin Pines Minerals to dig for […]

Biden preaches message of redeeming America’s soul during visit to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown church

By: - January 14, 2023

This story was updated 1:45 p.m.  Jan. 15, with details about President Joe Biden’s visit to Atlanta. Democratic President Joe Biden took to the pulpit Sunday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once delivered many powerful and eloquent sermons in the final years of his life. With an invitation from […]

Kemp to push Georgia lawmakers to OK income and property tax breaks, bar local zoning standards

By: - January 11, 2023

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled plans Wednesday to provide Georgians a $1.6 billion tax refund, relax local housing rules to attract first-time home buyers and pull money from reserves to restore funding lost during a 2022 suspension of state gas taxes. The Republican governor outlined his legislative priorities before more than 2,000 corporate leaders and elected […]

Georgia lawmakers plan to ease path to occupational license for workers with criminal records

By: - January 11, 2023

Dozens of job opportunities might open up for people with criminal records if a legislative push successfully removes barriers for professional licenses that are required for one out of every seven jobs in Georgia. Georgia Justice Project’s criminal justice reform efforts are targeting the occupational licensing process that prospective employees must go through to work […]

Georgia lawmakers kick off 2023 session with new House speaker, UGA football on their minds

By: and - January 10, 2023

The state Capitol was bustling Monday with first-day-of-school energy as lawmakers returned to Atlanta for this year’s legislative session. The General Assembly got off to a quick start, swiftly electing a new speaker after the death of longtime House Speaker David Ralston in November. There was another reason for the fast tempo, though: Some lawmakers […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision in waterways case could come too late for Okefenokee mine foes

By: - January 8, 2023

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court case could have significant ripple effects on the government’s ability to protect the nation’s waterways. The court is expected to decide the battle over property rights and environmental regulations in the coming months in a longstanding lawsuit involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fining an Idaho couple for not getting […]