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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 officials gear up for state rollout of plug-in network to deliver juice to electric vehicles

By: - December 23, 2022

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake for the state’s future embrace of electric vehicles going into the new legislative session in January as Georgia pursues ways to boost the economy through a growing green industry. The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved a plan for Georgia Power to spend a total of […]

Georgia Power customers will foot $1.8B rate-hike tab after state regulators OK three-year plan

By: - December 20, 2022

Georgia Power customers will be charged more for electricity over the next several years after the Public Service Commission approved a $1.8 billion plan on Tuesday that critics call a sweetheart deal that boosts company profits and doesn’t go nearly far enough to support clean energy efforts like solar power and coal ash cleanup. The […]

Georgia Power deal with state regulators could bring $1.8B rate hike over three years

By: - December 16, 2022

The Georgia Public Service Commission is primed to vote Tuesday on Georgia Power’s three-year rate plan after the utility company and state regulatory staff agreed to a 39% lower hike on customers’ bills than originally proposed. A trimmed down $1.8 billion deal that would prevent a sharp rise in electricity rates beginning in January was […]

Georgia election officials begin audit of 2022 runoff, as drama drags on over state’s 2020 vote

By: - December 14, 2022

A statewide audit of Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff begins on Wednesday allowing counties the chance to confirm the results of  Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeating Republican nominee Herschel Walker by 100,000 votes. Meanwhile, the start of the audit coincides with urges by election reform groups and cybersecurity experts that federal authorities investigate voting system breaches […]

Democrats press state agency for answers after abrupt cutoff for applications for rental help

By: - December 11, 2022

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has received an inquiry from the state’s Democratic congressional members over the agency’s decision to stop accepting new applications for a $1.1 billion program designed to keep thousands of families with a roof over their heads. Six Democratic members of the Georgia delegation sent a letter to Christopher Nunn, […]

Interior secretary urges Georgia governor to block mining plans near Okefenokee

By: - December 8, 2022

The pressure to block a mining project at the edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is intensifying: U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has written a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp expressing her “serious concerns” about plans that she says threaten the largest blackwater swamp in the nation. The letter from the director of the […]

Senate runoff fatigue renews debate over election process in Georgia

By: - December 8, 2022

After spending one year in the U.S. Senate, appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler successfully cleared a crowded nonpartisan jungle primary in her quest to be elected to the seat. But when the Republican incumbent went head to head with Democrat Raphael Warnock after no candidate reached Georgia’s required 50% threshold in the first round of voting, […]

Steady turnout, few lines reported as Georgia voters settle high-stakes Senate runoff

By: - December 6, 2022

This story was updated at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.  More than 3.5 million voters cast ballots in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff that resulted in Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock stiff-arming Republican challenger Herschel Walker. There were long lines during Georgia’s condensed early voting period, which had record in-person turnout for a midterm runoff, but […]

Georgia Decides 2022: Voters get final say on Senate race, balance of power on Election Day

By: - December 5, 2022

A busy early voting period wrapped up Friday with more than 1.8 million Georgians having cast in-person votes in the runoff pitting Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock against Republican Herschel Walker. A large turnout is also expected at the polls Tuesday as Georgia voters have their last opportunity to settle a high-stakes election that is […]

Georgia GOP chairman, Trump chief advisor dealt setbacks in Fulton election probe

By: - December 1, 2022

The Georgia Republican Party chairman and a close advisor to former President Donald Trump were dealt setbacks this week in a Fulton County investigation into potential illegal interference in the 2020 presidential election. Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney ruled on Wednesday that Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer cannot be represented by the same attorneys as […]

Georgia Power wants to bill ratepayers for grid upgrade, shareholder gains

By: - November 30, 2022

A co-founder of an Atlanta organization that mentors underserved youth urged Georgia Power executives and state regulators on Tuesday to consider the families who are dressing their children before sunrise before making a final decision regarding a steep hike in electricity rates. State regulators are wrapping up a series of Georgia Power rate case hearings […]

Georgia Power’s long campaign for state approval to sign off on a 12% rate hike nears final showdown

By: - November 28, 2022

The final several weeks of Georgia Power’s $2.9 billion rate case will determine whether state regulators sign off on plans for customers to pay hundreds of dollars more per year to keep the lights on. On Dec. 20, the Georgia Public Service Commission is set to vote on the months-long 2022 rate case. This week […]