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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.

Kemp announces $1,000 bonuses for police, EMTs as spotlight on crime remains

By: - September 28, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp Monday announced a $1,000 bonus for police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders as part of ongoing efforts to support frontline workers during the pandemic. As part of the grant supplement program, up to $100 million in federal coronavirus relief money will be set aside to cover an estimated 80,000 Georgians […]

Biden picks ‘dean’ of Georgia House to serve as ambassador

By: - September 22, 2021

A distinguished career as a state legislator is likely nearing its end with President Joe Biden’s nomination of Rep. Calvin Smyre as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The White House announced Wednesday Smyre’s nomination for ambassador, which if accepted by the U.S. Senate will leave a major void in the Legislature in which he has […]

Herschel Walker heads to Perry Trump rally with wife cleared of improper voting

By: - September 22, 2021

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is expected to be a major attraction Saturday with his recent ringing endorsement from former President Donald Trump as the two attend a “Save America” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. In the last year, Walker has emerged as a prominent Republican supporting Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that widespread […]

Judge keeps 2020 presidential litigation alive with request for state info

By: - September 21, 2021

A judge delayed a decision Monday in a lawsuit seeking to inspect Fulton County’s 147,000 absentee ballots from 2020 in order to get more information from state investigations into allegations of counterfeit ballots. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero called for the 20-day break in the lawsuit filed by VoterGa self-described watchdog Garland Favorito […]

Afghans likely to find Georgia a more welcoming place than prior refugees

By: - September 17, 2021

Eleven-year-old Heval Mohamed Kelli thought his family was going on vacation after crossing the Syrian border into Turkey in 1996 as his father paid smugglers to fly them to safety in Germany. He was unaware at the time of the political persecution his father, an attorney, faced in Syria or of how life would change […]

Fulton County Commission adds new lead actor to 2022 election drama

By: - September 16, 2021

The Fulton County Commission appointed Cathy Woolard to its election board on Wednesday, rejecting GOP complaints that her connection to Democratic champion Stacey Abrams’ voter advocacy group could create conflicts. Woolard, who was president of the Atlanta City Council in the early 2000s, is now the chairperson of a county election board at a time […]

Justice Department investigates Georgia prisons over inmate deaths, LGBT attacks

By: - September 14, 2021

A new federal civil rights investigation is looking into prisoner deaths, rampant violence and abuse of gay, lesbian, and transgender people held in Georgia prisons. Civil rights organizations that have pushed for federal intervention in Georgia’s prisons welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the Department of Justice has launched a probe into a correctional system where murders […]

Will state and business crime crackdown efforts undo Georgia’s new justice reforms?

By: - September 8, 2021

Updated 9:15 a.m. Sept. 8 with comment from the Greater Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce. If Gov. Brian Kemp persists with his tough-on-crime plans during an anticipated special session late this fall, powerful business lobbyists with statewide sway will likely have his back in spite of  corporate diversity pushes that followed Georgia’s recent criminal justice […]

Grand jury indicts Brunswick DA for violating duty in Ahmaud Arbery case

By: - September 2, 2021

A Glynn County grand jury has indicted a former Brunswick district attorney for accusations that she hindered the investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. Attorney General Chris Carr announced Thursday afternoon that former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Lee Johnson has been charged with violating the oath of public office and obstruction […]

Okefenokee fans hope court ruling on water protection rules stops mine

By: - September 1, 2021

The reversal of a Trump administration rule that rolled back waterway protections is giving environmentalists new hope that a proposed strip mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and many other development plans near stream beds will no longer skirt federal regulation. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez of Arizona ruled Monday that former President Donald Trump’s decision […]

End of federal eviction ban looms again as Georgians struggle to secure rent aid

By: - August 26, 2021

A nationwide eviction moratorium is again hanging on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling as the Biden administration requests that the latest ban remain in place until at least early October because the COVID-19 delta variant has run rampant in recent weeks. Meanwhile, many Georgia renters are dreading another first-of-the-month deadline ahead of Labor Day weekend. […]

Suit backed by Georgia lawmaker challenges state’s ballot barcode system

By: - August 25, 2021

A self-described voting watchdog organization and a Republican state legislator who represents a suburban Atlanta district are suing to prevent the state’s continued use of an electronic voting system that uses a barcode to verify how a ballot is cast. The nonprofit VoterGa and Rep. Philip Singleton argue in Tuesday’s petition filed in Fulton County […]