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.

Ossoff pledges continued push for clean energy amid spending plan talks

By: - October 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff pledged Friday to continue fighting for clean energy legislation despite doubts about what policies Congress will be able to pass through President Joe Biden’s sweeping economic plan. At an Atlanta Press Club event Friday, the Georgia senator expressed optimism about the potential for reducing carbon emissions through investments in clean energy […]

Arbery background ruled off limits, but spilled on Glynn County Court page

By: - October 20, 2021

The second day of jury selection in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery continued Tuesday with jurors questioned about court filings on the Glynn County Court’s website that include documents ruled inadmissible revealing Arbery’s brushes with the law and his mental health history. At least two jurors admitted Tuesday accessing some of the court documents […]

Race permeates day one of jury selection in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers

By: and - October 19, 2021

The difficult and time-consuming process of selecting impartial jurors who will decide the fate of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began Monday in a case that is bringing national attention to racial justice in the South. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging through a suburban Brunswick neighborhood on […]

Slow start to early voting lets counties ease into new election law rules

By: - October 18, 2021

When Marcia Killingsworth noticed some troubling election plans for the Edison citywide election she checked in with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office after feeling local officials were dragging their feet. Killingworth lives in Calhoun County, where the Edison city of about 1,300 residents in southwest Georgia is one of the 111 local election contests […]

Judge tosses suit to inspect Fulton ballots after investigations confirm no fraud

By: - October 14, 2021

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that aimed to discredit Fulton County absentee ballots, the latest in a string of lawsuits challenging the validity of the 2020 presidential elections to get tossed.  Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled against a request by supporters of former President Donald Trump for an up-close review of […]

Brunswick braces for national spotlight, demonstrations as trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s death set to start

By: - October 13, 2021

When jury selection begins Monday in the trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, the Transformative Justice Coalition is expecting up to 100 people to show up in support of the Arbery family as Glynn County comes under a withering national spotlight. The justice coalition is busing people to coastal Georgia to […]

Fulton election workers accused of shredding voter registration applications

By: - October 11, 2021

Two Fulton County election workers fired for allegedly shredding voter registration applications before Tuesday’s start to municipal elections is the latest controversy dogging a county already under fire as the state investigates potential election mismanagement.  Fulton officials announced Monday that they referred the case to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after terminating the employees […]

Golden Ray wreck fished out of St. Simons Sound, leaves pollution questions in its wake

By: and - October 11, 2021

At 656 feet long and big enough to haul more than 4,000 automobiles, the hulking Golden Ray ship has been hard to miss in the St. Simons Sound, where it laid on its side for more than two years. Now, after years of setbacks from oil spills, a fire, hurricanes and a change in contractors, […]

State lawmakers protest Georgia labor department’s new secrecy rules

By: - October 5, 2021

Georgia state House Democrats are expressing outrage over a state Department of Labor pilot program they claim unfairly burdens efforts to assist Georgians seeking unemployment benefits.  Georgia House Democrats are calling on Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Butler to press pause on a new online portal that requires legislators to sign a confidentiality agreement to obtain […]

State Capitol grounds ringed by foreboding steel fence spurred by 2020 protests

By: - October 5, 2021

The new 8-foot tall steel fence surrounding the state Capitol will give a fortress-like feel as lawmakers, lobbyists and visitors return in force in early November for a special legislative session. The Georgia Building Authority completed the extensive security fence project this month after crews painted the bars and put finishing touches on the gates […]

Georgia public health officials roll out COVID boosters, warn of virus resurgence

By: - September 30, 2021

The governor and the state’s top public health official Thursday warned Georgians not to become complacent after a couple of weeks of declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as another surge may be on the way. Infection rates are on the decline in Georgia after numbers surged with the delta variant. And the fight to limit […]

Spaceport Camden launch delayed again as FAA extends license review

By: - September 29, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration postponed for at least another month a decision on a license for a controversial spaceport on the Georgia coast. The federal agency in charge of reviewing the project dubbed Spaceport Camden now plans to reveal its decision by Nov. 3 with continuing consultations forcing plans beyond Thursday’s planned announcement. It looked […]