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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 communities mobilize against expansion of foul-smelling wood-burning energy

By: - August 24, 2022

A group of residents and environmentalists are fighting to prevent the world’s largest wood pellet plant from coming to a predominantly Black and Hispanic community in south Georgia. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Concerned Citizens of Cook County are asking a judge to revoke an air quality permit for the planned Adel plant on […]

Fate of mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge could soon be cemented by Georgia EPD

By: - August 23, 2022

The firm that wants to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee Swamp scored a major victory Monday after a federal agency reversed its decision to take control of the review process away from Georgia’s environmental agency. A couple of months after the Twin Pines Minerals’ permitting process was redirected to get more input about […]

Georgia elections for two PSC seats again delayed by U.S. Supreme Court ruling

By: - August 19, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court removed two Georgia Public Service Commission races from the Nov. 8 ballot, but left open the possibility for an appeals court to reconsider the five-member board that were ruled discriminatory by a district court judge. The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals erred last week […]

Former Trump attorney worked with Atlanta tech firm to hack Coffee voting system

By: - August 17, 2022

An attorney connected to former President Donald Trump coordinated with experts from an Atlanta-based computer firm to hack into Coffee County’s voting system in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, according to records obtained in a federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system. The subpoenaed documents indicate that former Trump attorney Sidney […]

Giuliani, Graham striking out in bids to avoid date with Fulton grand jury

By: - August 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is now the target of a criminal investigation into the crusade to overturn the 2020 election to keep Trump in power, has been ordered to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury on Wednesday.  A lawyer for Giuliani confirmed on Monday that a prosecutor from […]

Court ruling puts utility regulator races back on the ballot; Georgia plaintiffs eye appeal

By: - August 12, 2022

Two statewide races are back on the November ballot after a federal appeals court blocked a lower court’s ruling that would have postponed the elections until after the state Legislature adopted a new process that no longer diluted Black voting power. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday stopped the U.S. District Court injunction […]

Fair Fight kicks off statewide tour to push early voting ‘gold standards’ in Georgia

By: - August 12, 2022

Voting rights organization Fair Fight began a statewide tour Friday as it teams up with state and local leaders to press county election boards to extend early voting hours, expand weekend voting and open more polling locations. The “Vote Gold Georgia” tour kicks off today in Augusta and Savannah with Fair Fight hosting roundtable discussions […]

Georgia advocates, Democrats hail long-sought climate bill as pivotal

By: - August 12, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up a bill Friday that many environmental groups and Democratic legislators say represents a historic investment in clean energy that will create jobs and make solar panels and electric vehicles more affordable for years to come. The Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill, dubbed the Inflation […]

Ga. congressional members promote jobs, infrastructure plans to state business leaders

By: - August 9, 2022

MACON – Members of Georgia’s congressional delegation on Tuesday called for a more united front to support the economy amid inflation and bitter political tensions playing out in Washington D.C. At the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual congressional luncheon, Republican and Democratic legislators discussed the advantages and challenges behind investing in the state’s infrastructure and […]

Court rules Georgia’s statewide PSC elections ‘dilute’ Black voting power

By: - August 5, 2022

This story was updated at 2:42 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, after the state filed a notice to appeal.    Voting rights activists celebrated Friday after a federal judge struck down the state’s at-large method used to elect Georgia’s Public Service Commission members, ruling it dilutes Black voting power. As a result of U.S. District Judge Steven […]

Georgia lawmakers seek solutions to homelessness after criminalization bill stalled

By: - August 5, 2022

A new state Senate study committee heard from nonprofit and state agencies at a daylong meeting across from the Capitol about a homelessness problem that’s been complicated by out-of-control housing costs, bureaucratic red tape and disagreements over the best ways to help. Members of the Senate Study Committee on Unsheltered Homelessness say that they’ll take […]

Georgia ethics panel dusts off inquiry into spending by Abrams-founded nonprofit

By: - August 2, 2022

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 2. to include a clarification. The state ethics commission Monday found probable cause that two nonprofit voting rights groups affiliated with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams illegally helped her in her first run for governor in 2018. The state’s Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission advanced the […]