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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.

Warnock targets state takeover of local elections with new voting bill

By: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock introduced legislation this week aimed at circumventing some of the pressure of partisan politics on state elections while also providing more safeguards to insulate local election boards, election workers, and volunteers.    Warnock is the lead sponsor of the new Preventing Election Subversion Act of 2021 that targets provisions of new election […]

Environmentalists bank on state regulators to stop Okefenokee mine

By: - June 22, 2021

Nearly two years after Alabama’s Twin Pines Minerals publicly unveiled plans to mine heavy minerals near the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, the company says the project is still a top priority despite potential legal hurdles, and changing environmental rules that loom ahead of its proposal. Twin Pines President Steve Ingle said last week his company would […]

Judge weighs request to dismiss Fulton absentee ballot lawsuit

By: - June 21, 2021

The future of a review of more than 145,000 Fulton County absentee ballots remains up in the air following a court hearing Monday on a request to dismiss the case. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said he will take time to digest the latest filings after hearing several hours of arguments Monday. Attorneys […]

Battle over Fulton absentee ballots cast in 2020 election back in court

By: - June 20, 2021

The court battle over a potential review of Fulton County’s 145,000 absentee ballots cast last November is set to resume Monday with a push to dismiss a lawsuit that claims mishandled ballots and fraudulent votes factored into President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in Georgia. Henry County Judge Brian Amero is set to hear […]

Appeals court rules against office park that sued ‘nuisance’ abortion clinic

By: - June 14, 2021

This story was updated on Tuesday June 15 at 8:28 a.m. to reflect that the ACLU did not represent the clinic in the appeal case. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Monday that abortion clinics have a right to operate without fear of a commercial business owners filing nuisance lawsuits because they attract protesters.  The […]

Georgia Supreme Court justices back to bench as in-person cases resume

By: - June 9, 2021

Wednesday’s return of in-person hearings before the Georgia Supreme Court featured back and forth exchanges with justices and attorneys separated by mere feet instead of communicating from miles away through computer screens. The return of oral arguments inside the downtown Atlanta courthouse for the first time in 15 months went off without evidence a global […]

Order in Georgia courtrooms to gavel back in as in-person hearings restart

By: - June 9, 2021

For the first time since last spring, the Georgia Supreme Court’s nine justices, attorneys, and other courthouse regulars are set to return Wednesday morning for in-person hearings in a building barely used before the pandemic shifted proceedings online. Since the shutdown of the courtroom, the Supreme Court hosted virtual hearings that allowed the state’s highest […]

Long-delayed Camden Spaceport decision nears final countdown

By: - June 8, 2021

This story was updated at June 9 12:30 p.m. to reflect the U.S. Navy letter from May is now comfortable with Spaceport’s plans to address national security concerns raised earlier. The saga of Camden County’s ambitious plans to launch rockets off Georgia’s coast could finally be resolved this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration is planning […]

Ga. Supreme Court upholds state’s strict death penalty disability standard

By: - June 2, 2021

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a death sentence for a man convicted of killing his ex-fiance’s son while justices rejected a push by his defense attorneys to spare him from execution by proving he has an intellectual disability. Monday’s court ruling dealt a significant blow to Rodney Renia Young’s chances of having his death sentence […]

Calendar and courts conspire against federal pandemic eviction moratorium

By: - June 1, 2021

Mableton’s Porsha Greene lost her job as a caregiver late last year and now is worried about falling further behind paying rent at her apartment. So far, the 37-year-old is only one month delinquent in rent as she continues to look for a new job while waiting for unemployment benefits to kick in. After her […]

Court-ordered review of Fulton County 2020 absentee ballots on hold

By: - May 27, 2021

A new challenge to a lawsuit filed by self-described election integrity activists is putting proceedings on hold just as the terms of a court-ordered review of Fulton County’s 2020 presidential absentee ballots were to get hammered out at an election records warehouse. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero canceled a planned Friday meeting to […]

Pollution worries persist as Golden Ray salvage on hold after recent blaze

By: - May 25, 2021

This story was updated at Wednesday at 10:22 a.m. With the shipwrecked Golden Ray’s removal equipment repaired, salvage crews continue to get ready to resume their work removing the car carrier following a May 14 blaze in St. Simons Sound.  The U.S. Coast Guard and St. Simons Sound Incident Response team said Tuesday that they […]