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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.

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 […]

Senate study panel declines to take a stand on nonviolent felon voting

By: - December 19, 2019

A Georgia Senate committee considering loosening voting restrictions for nonviolent felons recommended Wednesday that the law should remain unchanged for now. That prompted quick criticism from some criminal justice reform organizations that hoped lawmakers would recommend restoring voting rights for some people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The committee’s senators met several times across Georgia since […]

State regulators approve $1.8 billion Georgia Power rate hike

By: - December 18, 2019

Georgia Power customers can expect to pay steeper electric bills over the next several years, with some new charges kicking in next month. State regulators approved the increase Tuesday over protests from critics who complained the rate hike will disproportionately harm seniors and low-income workers. Starting next year, residential customers will pay about $71 more […]

Decision day for Georgia Power’s $2.2 billion rate hike request

By: - December 17, 2019

State regulators are set to vote Tuesday on Georgia Power’s $2.2 billion rate hike request, setting up a final round of haggling several months after the company proposed to charge residential customers $200 more per year for electricity. Georgia Power appears poised to settle for something less than its initial proposal after the Public Service […]

Georgia food banks brace for 54,000 people to lose food stamps

By: and - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pursuing a series of policies that could knock 54,000 Georgians off food stamp benefits and send them to Georgia’s community food banks for relief.  The administration last week finalized one of three controversial policies that aim to limit nationwide eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly called […]

Lawmakers might remove local constraints on home construction

By: - December 6, 2019

A state House committee supports taking away much of the discretion local officials have to prohibit inexpensive materials in new home construction. The workforce housing committee’s final report essentially revives a controversial bill that earlier this year pitted many cities and county governments against home builders, realtors and the construction industry. The committee approved a […]

Georgia campaign ethics panel fines lawmakers, investigates Abrams

By: - December 5, 2019

The Georgia agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws Wednesday handed out five-figure fines to state legislators, made public an investigation into finances for the 2017 campaign for Atlanta mayor and advanced an investigation into a voting rights nonprofit connected to former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. The commission approved settlements as high as $8,500 […]

Georgians on Judiciary Committee get time in impeachment spotlight

By: - December 3, 2019

Three Georgia lawmakers are set to step into the national spotlight this week as U.S. House Democrats advance their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. One of Trump’s most outspoken allies, Georgia U.S. Rep. Doug Collins figures to play a prominent role as the ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to […]

Busy feeding season begins for Georgia’s community food banks

By: - November 28, 2019

While families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also the time of the year when more churches, organizations and others lend a hand to Georgia’s food banks. Millions of pounds of turkeys, hens, and other poultry, along with the assorted sides and trimmings, are headed to family tables this holiday season through the […]