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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.

Martin Luther King legacy celebrated at Capitol Friday

By: - January 17, 2020

Many of the social injustices Martin Luther King Jr. fought against before his death must still be confronted in 2020, his daughter Bernice King said during a tribute to the civil rights icon at the state Capitol Friday. Urgency is needed to combat voter suppression, housing discrimination, mass incarceration and a growing wealth disparity she […]

State’s top teacher says proposed pay raises help make up for lean years

By: - January 17, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools teacher Tracey Pendley said Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed teacher pay hike for the second year in a row shows a strong commitment to educators. Pendley, Georgia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, was among the appreciative teachers crediting the governor Thursday for keeping his pledge to include $2,000 in next year’s budget to […]

Lawmaker aims to require plants to disclose toxic gas release

By: - January 16, 2020

A Georgia lawmaker introduced legislation this week that he says is the first step in better regulating plants that produce a gas that can put residents at a higher risk of developing cancer. Rep. Erick Allen’s House Bill 774 proposes to require companies to publicly report the amount ethylene oxide gas they release into the […]

Georgia Dems push new GOP U.S. Senator to oppose Obamacare repeal

By: - January 15, 2020

A Georgia health care coalition and a group of state legislators are pushing U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler to publicly oppose the ongoing dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, which they say provides important protection for women’s health care. Pro-Obamacare advocate Protect Our Care, Sen. Jen Jordan, Rep. Pat Gardner, Georgia Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams […]

Georgia General Assembly begins on a somber note

By: - January 14, 2020

Georgia lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Monday and paid tribute to two colleagues who died recently. Legislators are set to engage in lively debates this session over a range of  issues, from budget cuts to gambling to health care. But first former colleagues offered memories of Sen. Greg Kirk and Rep. Jay Powell. Powell, […]

Georgia School Superintendent envisions bus funding shift

By: - January 13, 2020

The Georgia Department of Education is asking for legislators to provide more transportation funding to rural school districts. State Superintendent Richard Woods said Friday that a larger share of state funding school districts receive will ease the financial strain on rural communities. Statewide, busing costs soared the last two decades, with local districts covering $945 […]

Ralston says Georgians should be trusted with gambling expansion

By: - January 10, 2020

House Speaker David Ralston said Georgians should decide if casinos, sports betting and horse racing become legal. Ralston sat down with reporters Thursday ahead of next week’s start to the 2020 legislative session. He said he’ll have a better sense of how much support gambling legislation has after lawmakers return to the Gold Dome Monday. […]

No more studying, gambling, scooters and more now on lawmakers’ agenda

By: - January 8, 2020

Several days before Georgia’s next legislative session begins Monday, lawmakers considering the expansion of legalized gambling are set to tour the Atlanta Motor Speedway where the racetrack’s president dreams of opening a $1 billion casino and entertainment operation. Thursday’s field trip to the Hampton racetrack is the House’s Special Committee on Economic Growth’s last meeting […]

Lawmakers to tackle ‘Raise the age’ bill to charge 17-year-olds as juveniles

By: - January 6, 2020

Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Greg Price says some of his fellow jurists remain hesitant to support changing Georgia’s law to let 17-year-olds face justice through the juvenile court system. Juvenile court judges don’t object in principle to increasing the age to 18 from 17, when suspected criminals are automatically charged as an adult. Instead, […]

Teacher pay raises, school vouchers top k-12 legislative watch list

By: - December 27, 2019

Georgia’s school and teacher organizations are gearing up for a busy 2020 legislative session with state lawmakers potentially taking up on school vouchers, the Teacher Retirement System, dual enrollment, teacher pay raises and much more. Below is a watch list of big public education policy and funding priorities the Georgia Recorder will track in 2020. […]

Georgia unemployment rate at record low in November

By: - December 20, 2019

The state Department of Labor announced Thursday that last month Georgia’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.3%, the lowest since the federal government began tracking jobless rates in 1976. The record comes a decade after a recession led to the state setting record highs in unemployment. It wasn’t until spring 2017 that Georgia’s unemployment rate bounced […]