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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.

Probe of Coffee County’s 2020 election conduct revives Georgia voting machine lawsuit

By: - August 1, 2022

This post was updated 1:45 p.m. Aug. 2 to include the correction below. A long-running federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system is now entangled in a dispute over the handling of an investigation into allegations that 2020 election skeptics illegally breached a county’s voting system. Attorneys representing the Coalition for a Good […]

Georgians scramble for monkeypox-fighting vaccine as supply lags spike in cases

By: - July 26, 2022

Georgia health experts are on high alert as the number of people infected with monkeypox surges following a slow rollout of vaccinations for a virus that’s just been declared a global public health emergency. The World Health Organization issued the emergency declaration late last week in response to the more than 16,000 cases and five […]

Union Carbide wants out of land deal for coastal spaceport

By: - July 24, 2022

A rift between Camden County and the owner of the property planned for Spaceport Camden may spell disaster for the venture that’s about to take center stage before Georgia’s Supreme Court in a couple of weeks. A statement from Union Carbide Corp. claims that the company is no longer contractually bound to an option agreement […]

State regulators OK Georgia Power long-term plan to keep coal plants, cap solar growth

By: - July 21, 2022

State regulators have signed off on a roadmap that bolsters Georgia Power’s shift away from fossil fuels, but critics argue it doesn’t go nearly far enough to attack a growing climate crisis. The Georgia Public Service Commission Thursday voted unanimously to approve the utility’s updated long-term plan that outlines how the company will spend billions […]

Judge orders Rudy Giuliani to testify before Fulton special grand jury

By: - July 21, 2022

A court has ordered former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to testify in Fulton County about his Georgia crusade to overturn Republican Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election. A New York judge ruled Wednesday that the former Trump attorney is required to appear before a Fulton County special grand jury on Aug. […]

Georgia Power’s new bid to pass coal ash tab to customers gets tailwind with court decisions

By: - July 19, 2022

A fight is set for the coming months as state regulators weigh how much Georgia Power’s customers will pay for electricity and to close coal ash ponds against how much the company and its shareholders will shoulder. The state Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on Georgia Power’s 20-year plan for the company’s […]

Critics push for coal ash cleanup as state panel considers Georgia Power 12% rate hike

By: - July 14, 2022

State regulators are set to vote next week on Georgia Power’s long-term plan that environmental and clean energy advocates say doesn’t go far enough to expand solar and other renewable energy and falls short of responsibly closing coal-fired power plants. A Public Service Commission committee meeting on Thursday was the final hearing to consider the […]

Environmentalists receive good news on rare sea turtles threatened by dredging

By: - July 13, 2022

This story was updated Friday, July 15, at 2:57 p.m with an announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it is not performing hopper dredging of the Brunswick Harbor until December at the earliest. Environmentalists had been on high alert for a threat to endangered loggerhead sea turtles that lay eggs on Georgia […]

State ethics agency drops charges in Abrams fundraising probe as campaign steams ahead

By: - July 12, 2022

The Georgia agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws on Tuesday dismissed two charges against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams connected to her 2018 campaign.  The State Ethics Commission dismissed the charges based on documentation that shows the Abrams campaign did not illegally receive donations from two supporting organizations, while other forms cleared up questions […]

Fulton grand jury probe of 2020 election conduct zeroes in on Trump’s inner circle

By: - July 11, 2022

A Fulton County special grand jury is in full swing in its investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump with the latest string of subpoenas targeting Republican U.S. ‌Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and other Trump advisors. The South Carolina senator and seven lawyers […]

Georgia Supreme Court’s spaceport case pits 1st Amendment vs. county home rule

By: - July 6, 2022

The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear a case next month that First Amendment experts say could create ‌significant barriers to voters who want to use a public initiative to rein in their local elected officials.  It’s the latest episode in the long-running Camden County efforts to build a spaceport on the Georgia coast. […]

Camden officials keep placing spaceport bets despite mounting failures to launch

By: - July 5, 2022

Camden County‌ ‌officials‌ ‌continue to hold out hope they will be able to purchase the Union Carbide Corp. property as they meet with potential investors for their long-stalled spaceport project. The planned launch facility’s fate could be determined when ongoing legal battles are settled, but that doesn’t mean the county’s negotiations for the spaceport are […]