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.

Election shuffles state lawmakers; redistricting chair loses on map she helped draw up

By: - May 25, 2022

A redistricting process set new boundaries for many state legislators ahead of Tuesday’s midterm primary, which led to some surprising outcomes, including the defeat of an incumbent lawmaker who oversaw the drawing of her district’s ‌new‌ ‌boundaries. Republican state Rep. Bonnie Rich of Suwanee, whose district was redrawn in her favor in a reapportionment committee […]

Raffensperger hangs upset on Trump-backed Hice in bid to remain Georgia election chief

By: - May 25, 2022

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will join Gov. Brian Kemp as the state’s most prominent Donald Trump political targets to avoid a runoff against candidates endorsed by the former president. With 95% of precincts reporting, Raffensperger led with 51.2% of votes, outpacing U.S. Rep. Jody Hice’s 38% and followed by 9% cast for former […]

Few hiccups reported in Georgia’s first big election since 2021 overhaul

By: - May 24, 2022

A record number of Georgians were on track to have cast ballots for Tuesday’s Election Day, breaking 2018’s midterm primary record that sets up a repeat gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.  Election day ended with nine of the state’s 2,500 voting precincts extending their voting hours after delays that were […]

Record early voting ends, setting up Georgia’s high-stakes 2022 Election Day

By: - May 23, 2022

Tuesday’s primary election for Georgia governor, secretary of state, Congress, state lawmakers, and a host of other races is expected to draw large numbers of voters to the polls after a record turnout during early voting. The secretary of state’s office reported that more than 710,000 people had cast ballots in Georgia as of Friday, […]

Georgia Supreme Court hears case arguing for Confederate monument protections

By: - May 19, 2022

Georgia Supreme Court justices heard arguments Thursday on cases that could determine if an organization with Confederate roots must prove they would be harmed by the removal of monuments in order to sue local government officials. The consolidated case stems from lawsuits filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans against the Henry and Newton County […]

Georgia election board dismisses claims of ‘ballot harvesting’ in 2020 election

By: - May 18, 2022

The Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously Tuesday to dismiss three cases based on claims of illegal “ballot harvesting” as the baseless conspiracies over the 2020 presidential election still swirl even as the 2022 election season is already well underway and setting records for early voting. The board, comprised of three Republicans and one Democratic […]

Georgians in line for $585M from feds to relieve housing scarcity, pandemic victims

By: - May 16, 2022

Georgia communities and nonprofits are receiving an influx of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to help relieve ‌homelessness‌, the affordable‌ ‌housing‌ ‌crisis‌ and help nonprofits and businesses who suffered during‌ ‌the‌ ‌pandemic. More than $585 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Department of Housing and Urban Development is […]

Former candidate for governor to submit $128,000 to end long-running ethics fight

By: - May 12, 2022

A former Georgia Republican candidate for governor accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for his personal indulgences ended Thursday with a six-figure settlement with the State Ethics Commission.  Ex-Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine agreed to pay the state $128,000 in leftover campaign donations without admitting guilt to converting the funds to […]

Think tank study blames government rules for soaring house prices as speculation drives market

By: - May 11, 2022

A Georgia policy think tank’s report argues that too many government regulations drive up the cost to build new homes while pricing out first time home buyers. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday held a second leg of a statewide tour detailing its housing regulation study that found government regulations, ranging from design and […]

A few glitches raise eyebrows in record-setting Georgia early voting

By: - May 10, 2022

This story was updated May 10 at 8:10 a.m. to include voting totals through the end of May 9. Camden County voter Beth Miller received error messages several times last week when she tried to pull up a sample Democratic ballot on the Georgia Secretary of State’s official website. Many Georgians, from the coastal county […]

Georgia setting records for early voters as lawsuits challenging elections play on

By: - May 5, 2022

A record number of Georgians are casting ballots through the first days of early voting for the midterm elections, while in the background legal challenges to the state’s voting process continue to play out in court. On Monday 27,474 people cast in-person ballots across Georgia, a primary first-day record that was followed on Tuesday with […]

And we’re off! Georgia’s 2022 early voting season starts with sky-high stakes

By: - May 2, 2022

Early voting officially kicks off Monday for the 2022 midterm elections with sky-high stakes freighted with the never-ending relitigation of the 2020 presidential election. Over the next several weeks Georgians will cast ballots for the May 24 primaries that will determine the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor, U.S. Senate, congressional districts, secretary of state […]