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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.

Critics of Duncan hate crimes plan say late pivot dooms efforts this year

By: - June 18, 2020

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan proposed a new version of a hate crimes bill to the Georgia Senate Wednesday, which drew complaints from both Democrats and his fellow Republican lawmakers that a revision with time running out in the 2020 session jeopardizes chances of any hate crime law passing this year. Hate crime legislation remains […]

Hate crime law top of mind as Legislature returns to business

By: - June 16, 2020

Georgia lawmakers issued passionate pleas to get a hate crimes law on the books this year as legislators returned to the Capitol for the first time since a three-month hiatus prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Lawmakers have 10 days left in the 2020 legislative session to pass a law that could add prison time to […]

Watchdogs call for Georgia Power to delay delinquent customer shut-offs

By: - June 15, 2020

State utility regulators are set to sign off on terms of a repayment plan for 160,000 Georgia Power customers delinquent on their bills when a moratorium on electricity shut offs expires next month. The Georgia Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to offer Georgia Power’s delinquent customers the option to […]

Long lines blamed on technical problems, poor poll worker training

By: , , and - June 9, 2020

Updated at 7:20 p.m. At the Fulton County precinct in the former Fanplex complex on Hank Aaron Drive downtown, perspiration beaded on Carlen Funk’s face around her mask as she handed out water and snacks to the hundreds of people lined up to vote inside the long-shuttered arcade. It was 4:15 p.m. and she’d already […]

Georgia voters ready for “different Election Day” with long lines likely

By: - June 9, 2020

Georgians who waited to vote today and are lucky enough to be sitting on an absentee ballot have an Election Day ticket to bypass the long lines expected at some of the state’s busier polling places. As many as 400,000 Georgians are projected to vote in today’s primary election following a record turnout for a […]

Early-voting social distancing hints at tight spaces, long lines Tuesday

By: and - June 8, 2020

Voters at College Park’s library precinct waited more than six hours to cast ballots on a sometimes rainy Friday as in-person early voting came to a close, an indication that Georgia’s new ballot-marking equipment will be put to the test Tuesday under COVID-19 safety precautions that were not part of the plan. The line stretched […]

DOT official says pandemic might change commuting habits for good

By: - June 5, 2020

Georgia highways and side streets that usually bustle with traffic remained mostly clear of congestion over the last couple of months as drivers stayed home to avoid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. And while a few more cars are now back on the roads as businesses slowly reopen, the state’s highway department director says it should […]

Georgia courts clogged by pandemic brace for state budget squeeze

By: - June 2, 2020

The wheels of justice could turn even more slowly in Georgia soon, as state budget cuts could mean fewer prosecutors and public defenders and lengthy furloughs for judges, even as a logjam of cases continues to pile up while in-person hearings are on hold due to coronavirus-containment restrictions. People are spending months in jail waiting […]

Lawmakers press change to citizen’s arrest law cited in Arbery case

By: - June 1, 2020

Georgia lawmakers are considering revising the state’s citizen’s arrest law after a southeast Georgia prosecutor cited it as a justification for the actions of men in a truck who pursued Ahmaud Arbery down a neighborhood street near Brunswick and tried to detain him before his killing. Citing a lack of probable cause to arrest Travis […]

More coronavirus restrictions to end, bars and nightclubs can open Monday

By: - May 29, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday gave the green light for amusement parks, bars, nightclubs and small event venues to reopen next month if they abide by safety guidelines as he continues easing restrictions on businesses shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Kemp’s latest executive order further eases April’s shelter-at-home directive and creates a path for […]

State senators consider steep cuts to planned law and order spending

By: - May 28, 2020

State senators Wednesday heard from Georgia department heads who oversee law and order efforts that spending cuts ordered by the governor’s office will take state troopers off the road, sideline Georgia Bureau of Investigation staff and reverse some criminal justice reform efforts that are just starting to take hold. A proposed $3.6 million reduction for […]

Loeffler says DOJ investigation into stock trades clears her of wrongdoing

By: - May 26, 2020

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s office confirmed news reports today that she is no longer under federal investigation for stock trades made on her behalf ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic’s February arrival in America. The Wall Street Journal first reported federal prosecutors dropped the probe into Georgia junior senator’s equities trading, just a couple of weeks […]