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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.

Panel begins review of Fulton elections ahead of potential state takeover

By: - August 18, 2021

This story was updated Wednesday at 6:25 p.m. with reaction from the secretary of state, a review board member and a Fulton legislator. The State Election Board assigned an independent panel Wednesday to review Fulton County’s voting operation under a new rule that could lead to a state takeover of local elections.  The performance review […]

Fight over control of Fulton elections heads before state board Wednesday

By: - August 18, 2021

The Georgia State Election Board is set Wednesday to appoint an independent review panel to examine Fulton County elections management as the fight over control of the state’s largest county continues to take center stage. The creation of the review board is a step toward the potential removal of Fulton election board members. Georgia’s Republican […]

As Vogtle’s costs rise, changes near for reviewing project’s run-away expenses

By: - August 17, 2021

This story was updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday. State regulators will consider signing off Tuesday on a plan marking a significant shift in how cost overruns are handled for Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle expansion, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.  An agreement negotiated by the state Public Service Commission […]

Money earmarked for Georgia local transportation projects stalled, could return

By: - August 16, 2021

Plans to widen and realign an intersection near Albany State University were poised to move forward without the typical transportation agency scorecard treatment that incorporates traffic counts and other factors to help determine if a project gets funded. But what seemed like a federal guarantee of $2.5 million for the Sands Drive and Radium Springs […]

Lieutenant governor pitches police tax credit plan, GOP 2.0 at Atlanta Rotary

By: - August 2, 2021

During the stressful times of a global pandemic, protests for racial justice and the fallout from the chaotic 2020 elections, Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says he learned that politics too often have taken precedence over policy. Duncan told a crowd of Atlanta business leaders Monday that during his final 17 months in office, he’ll […]

Biden and Congress hand Georgia eviction crisis to state, local officials as CDC ban ends

By: - August 2, 2021

A DeKalb County judge stepped into a looming eviction crisis in Georgia after President Joe Biden couldn’t extend a moratorium on displacing delinquent renters and Congress didn’t come to the rescue. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson Friday signed off on the 60-day extension in the county of 760,000 people. It provides similar protections for […]

Georgia asks judge to dismiss U.S Justice Dept. suit against new voting law

By: - July 29, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit claiming the state’s new voting law is discriminatory should be dismissed because it relies on arguments rejected in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Republican Carr filed the motion to throw out the Northern District of Georgia case on Wednesday, saying that […]

Fulton chairman vows battle as state officials set stage for county elections takeover

By: - July 27, 2021

Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts pledged Tuesday to fight efforts by Republican state officials who are threatening a state takeover of its election board. The veteran local government official bristled this week as Fulton increasingly became the focal point of a provision in Georgia’s sweeping election law that allows state officials to remove a local […]

Federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s new voting law now face long odds

By: - July 25, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups suing to overturn Georgia’s new election law have an arduous road ahead to show how it disparately harms minorities after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision sets what legal experts say is a nearly impossible standard to overcome. Eight federal lawsuits are pending that challenge Georgia’s sweeping […]

Top Georgia leaders pitch plans to tap state treasury to spend on police

By: - July 22, 2021

The sharp uptick in violent crime around Atlanta is prompting state leaders to create new ways to pay for more police officers on the streets and provide other resources for law enforcement. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan Thursday said he would ask the General Assembly to create a $250 million tax credit program for donations […]

Kemp names Verda Colvin to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat

By: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp picked a Georgia Court of Appeals judge to become his newest appointee to the state Supreme Court, making Verda Colvin the second Black woman to serve on the state’s highest court. The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Colvin will fill the vacancy of the former Chief Justice Harold Melton, whose departure early […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

By: - July 19, 2021

If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in downtown Atlanta Monday to hear how […]