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.

Georgians can start voting Saturday after Thanksgiving with state Supreme Court ruling in Warnock lawsuit

By: - November 23, 2022

Early voting is set to take place in more than a dozen Georgia counties both days on Thanksgiving weekend after the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch attempt by Republican groups to block the polls from opening on Saturday for the runoff for the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court justices unanimously denied the […]

Georgia appeals court denies GOP state election chief’s bid to ban early voting the Saturday after Thanksgiving

By: - November 21, 2022

The story was updated 1:53 p.m. Nov. 22 with news that an emergency petition has been filed with the Georgia Supreme Court. Georgia’s Court of Appeals has rejected Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s attempt to keep Georgians from voting in the U.S. Senate runoff on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, On Monday evening the appeals […]

Saga of proposed mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge still mired in legal challenges, regulatory reviews

By: - November 21, 2022

Conservationists are waging another legal challenge against a company’s strip-mining plans near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia.  The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for removing federal wetlands protections on 600 acres where Twin Pines Minerals is awaiting permission from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to begin […]

Judge rules in favor of Georgia early voting in Senate runoff on Saturday after Thanksgiving

By: - November 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge is clearing the path for Georgia’s local election officials to have the option of offering early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff. Late Friday afternoon, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Raphael Warnock’s […]

Fulton grand jury probe of Trump allies’ meddling in 2020 election sweeps in big names after midterms

By: - November 16, 2022

A major investigation into 2020 election interference by allies of former President Donald Trump is escalating at the Fulton County courthouse, with some of the biggest national GOP players ordered to testify in front of a Georgia grand jury. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp took the stand, and in the coming days, U.S. Sen. […]

Warnock, Democrat allies sue to permit counties to conduct Saturday early voting in Senate runoff

By: - November 16, 2022

Just weeks before a pivotal U.S. Senate race, an alliance of Democrats is challenging the secretary of state’s determination that Georgia’s new voting law bars counties from opening polls to early voting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign and the Democratic Party of Georgia are suing state election officials, claiming they […]

Georgia’s young voters ready for Dec. 6 Senate runoff after new election rules tripped up some in midterms

By: - November 15, 2022

Georgia Tech junior Alex Ames said that the state’s new voting law put some of her college friends in a bind when their absentee ballots did not arrive in time to be counted for the midterm elections on Nov. 8. Ames was among a group of college students and a coalition of voting rights organizations […]

Georgia Power pushed to expand solar program as state regulators consider 12% rate hike request

By: - November 10, 2022

Another round of hearings in Georgia Power’s rate case concluded Thursday with the final day dominated by a debate over whether the utility should expand its popular rooftop solar program. Georgia Power is pushing for a 12% increase in electricity rates over the next three years, along with other requests over the next year that […]

Abrams concedes as Kemp wins rematch for governor’s mansion

By: and - November 8, 2022

This story was updated at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.  Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has clinched another term outright and defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in a nationally watched – and long-anticipated – rematch between the two rivals. Kemp went into Tuesday the favorite to win after consistently leading in the polls. Abrams called Kemp late […]

An Election Day like no other: Georgians again center of political universe Tuesday after record early voting

By: - November 7, 2022

Georgians voted early this year in greater numbers than in any midterm election before, likely foreshadowing that Tuesday will require some patience from voters who might face long lines to cast ballots. In Georgia, more than 2.5 million early voters encountered some minor glitches while in Cobb County election officials are encouraging more than 1,000 […]

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review

By: - November 3, 2022

A major hurdle could soon be cleared for Twin Pines Minerals’ controversial plan to mine near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge three years after it was announced. Members of a coalition of park supporters say they are rallying the public against plans that they claim would threaten hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands. The Alabama-based […]

Georgia U.S. Senate candidates leave party’s 2020 presidential contestants off campaign stage

By: - November 2, 2022

Georgia’s candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, secretary of state are working to gin up support as their campaigns wind down with less than a week before a pivotal Election Day. During early voting days leading up to the Nov. 8 midterm election, former President Barack Obama stopped by Georgia to stump for Democratic nominees for […]