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 senators gut proposed voting overhaul after election director objections

By: - March 29, 2022

A Georgia Senate panel gutted a sweeping House election bill that was roundly opposed by voting rights groups and a vocal contingent of local election directors. On Tuesday, the Senate Ethics Committee approved its substitute for House Bill 1464, which trimmed the original bill from 40 pages to two, leaving only a provision that allows […]

Is banning school mask mandates and vaccine ‘passports’ premature, or justified?

By: and - March 29, 2022

Georgia took two big steps toward ending pandemic restrictions Tuesday as Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill allowing a parental veto for school mask mandates and the state House passed a bill banning so-called vaccine passports for public facilities, including colleges and universities. Republicans called the measures signs of a return to normal, but Democrats […]

Local officials tell Georgia senators election bill would be wasteful, discourage voters

By: - March 29, 2022

Local elected officials from Georgia urged a Senate panel to remove portions of the sweeping election bill they claim would waste valuable resources and burden poll workers with cumbersome paperwork. On Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1464, a bill whose authors say will further beef up election security […]

Rally needed for Georgia Senate protest crimes bill after panel no-show

By: - March 26, 2022

Legislation intended to crack down on unruly protesters – and that detractors argue could chill free speech and assembly – appears to be in limbo heading into the final week of the legislative session. During a recent scheduled hearing, the House Judiciary Non-Civil Subcommittee tabled Sen. Randy Robertson’s Safe Communities Act because he did not […]

State lawmakers line up behind bipartisan plan to compensate police suicide survivors

By: - March 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers is working to get a bill across the Legislature’s finish line that would remove barriers that prevent families of police officers who died by suicide from collecting the same benefits as survivors of officers who die in the line of duty. A House public safety panel is expected to […]

Georgia House panel considers bill that aims to require cash bail for felonies

By: - March 21, 2022

District attorneys, a criminal defense lawyers group, and civil rights advocates on Monday warned a House panel considering a bill that would reshape how bail is handled for felonies that the change could unfairly keep more people locked up in jails who can’t afford bail and leave them unable to access treatment programs. The House […]

Latest election overhaul on state Senate agenda as poll supervisors fret more change

By: - March 21, 2022

A Georgia Senate panel could take up as early as Monday a sweeping voting bill that’s raising alarms over concerns its provisions could intimidate election workers and voters and hamper a county’s ability to run local elections. County election office directors, Democratic lawmakers, and a coalition of voting rights groups say the most troubling aspect […]

GOP’s favored law-and-order bill for 2022 moves to Ga. House 

By: - March 16, 2022

After a tense debate Tuesday, the Georgia Senate passed a bill intended to ratchet up criminal penalties for offenses during public protests and hold local governments civilly liable for lax efforts pursuing criminals. Cataula Republican Sen. Randy Robertson defended his “Safe Communities Act” against accusations from Democrats he is using fears among conservatives lingering from […]

Georgia lawmakers face do-or-die Crossover Day on elections, culture wars bills

By: and - March 15, 2022

When the music stops at the Gold Dome Tuesday night, not every bill will have a seat. Tuesday is Crossover Day in the state Legislature, the last day a bill can cross from one chamber to the other. While lawmakers have been known to practice legislative necromancy by grafting dead language onto healthy bills, legislation […]

Camden officials aim to refuel sputtering rocket launch spaceport plans

By: - March 14, 2022

The long journey to launch rockets off the Georgia coast is running low on fuel as Spaceport Camden opponents brace for a final push from county officials to salvage their plans. Camden County’s spaceport project suffered a new setback Thursday as the Georgia Supreme Court refused to block the certification of Tuesday’s special election in […]

Georgia House panel sets up broad election oversight for approval this year

By: - March 10, 2022

Republican state lawmakers are poised to move forward with an election overhaul that gives the GBI more power to investigate elections and increases the public’s ability to review paper ballots. Waycross GOP Rep. James Burchett’s House Bill 1464 passed the House Special Committee on Election Integrity on a party-line vote Thursday, just days before the […]

Bill inspired by backlash to 2020 racial justice protests clears Georgia Senate panel

By: - March 9, 2022

A Georgia bill opponents argue aims to stop protests by trampling on constitutional rights through expanded criminal penalties, added civil liability for local governments that allow protests and authorized violence against protesters. Senate Bill 171 narrowly advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 4-3 vote along party lines on Tuesday after a hearing where […]