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 signs off on laws he says will keep ‘woke politics’ out of public schools

By: and - April 29, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp cemented much of his planned education policy Thursday, signing a raft of bills aimed at keeping controversial ideas out of the malleable minds of Georgia’s youngsters. At a signing ceremony in Forsyth County, Kemp touted recent investments in public education. “This session, we built on that momentum, fully funding the QBE school […]

Exit of prominent, veteran state lawmakers creates brain drain at Georgia Legislature

By: - April 22, 2022

This post was updated 12:30 p.m. April 22 to correct Rep. El Madhi Holly’s name. The Georgia Legislature needs to replace a wealth of knowledge in coming years following the announced departure of the chief House budget writer, the lawmaker who controls which Senate bills receive a vote, the widely admired “dean” of the House, […]

Efforts to criminalize homelessness persist after state effort dies at end of 2022 Legislature

By: - April 19, 2022

Gainesville’s prolific chicken processing facilities contribute to a low unemployment rate in the northeast Georgia community. But with many factory workers unable to afford rent and other bills, the Hall County city is also a microcosm of the homelessness crisis in Georgia and throughout the nation. When resources dry up and affordable housing becomes harder […]

Statewide primary debate face-offs loom, with Kemp v Perdue as main event

By: - April 15, 2022

Former Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue notoriously skipped the debate stage when eventual 2021 runoff winner Democrat Jon Ossoff appeared next to an empty podium in their 2020 contest. But as he mounts a primary battle against former political ally turned foe Gov. Brian Kemp, Perdue is signed on to take the debate stage […]

Georgia law nixes permit requirement for firearms as gun politics gin up GOP base

By: - April 13, 2022

The first political event 30-year-old Nick Champion ever attended was Tuesday outside a sporting goods store to see Gov. Brian Kemp officially end a state permit requirement to carry concealed handguns in Georgia. The clock repairman from Douglasville was among the dozens of supporters of the GOP’s so-called constitutional carry bill who gathered at Gable […]

New fight emerges over Golden Ray shipwreck damages off Georgia coast

By: - April 12, 2022

Five months after crews removed the final section of the Golden Ray car carrier from St. Simons Sound, the owner of a fishing charter company that operates off Georgia’s coast says he is concerned about the long-term fallout following a “nightmare” two years. Scott Owens, co-owner of The Georgia Fishing Company, said the most expensive […]

Georgia lawmakers leave gambling, medical marijuana, abortion pill laws unchanged

By: , and - April 6, 2022

This year’s legislative session was packed with headliner bills like the speaker’s mental health reform bill and plenty of homages to the culture wars brewing on the GOP home front. Many of those bills now sit on the governor’s desk, kicking off a month-long signing period. Some of them eked it out in the final […]

GBI gets first bite at major election fraud allegations; other GOP plans falter

By: - April 5, 2022

Republican legislators followed up on last year’s election law overhaul on Monday by passing a bill that establishes a new unit to investigate election fraud allegations, but other plans to open up ballots to public inspection and add new chain-of-custody procedures fell by the wayside. The twists and turns of the election bills played out […]

Georgia lawmakers race to beat Monday deadline to get pet bills passed

By: , and - April 4, 2022

Monday is the final day for a bill to land on the governor’s desk for the year, and there are several pivotal questions left to be answered. Will lawmakers empower a state law enforcement agency to investigate offenses related to voting? Will they pass a ban on women receiving abortion medication by mail? Will this […]

Georgia Gov. Kemp set to sign gun law allowing people to carry without a license

By: - April 1, 2022

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to sign a bill into law to end the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public Republican lawmakers from both chambers have approved the Constitutional Carry Act, with the Senate giving it final passage Friday by a vote of 34-22.  After the vote, Kemp tweeted he […]

Georgia House panel advances cash bail bill as clock winds down on 2022 Legislature

By: - March 31, 2022

With just days left before the state’s 2022 legislative session’s scheduled end Monday, the fate of a bill that would require people accused of felonies to put up cash or property for bail now rests with the Georgia House. On Thursday, Republican members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee advanced a plan […]

Georgia House Republicans approve bill to allow carrying guns without a license

By: - March 30, 2022

Georgia is expected to soon become the latest state where people can carry firearms in public without a license. On Wednesday, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 319, permit-less carry legislation that’s a top priority for state and national gun rights groups that argue carrying guns is a constitutional right that shouldn’t require permission from the […]