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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.

Regulators balk at Georgia Power’s request for steep rate hike

By: - October 18, 2019

Georgia Public Service Commission staffers are pushing back on a steep rate increase that Georgia Power had requested start as soon as January. The staff on Friday endorsed a one-time $2 base rate increase starting in 2021, instead of Georgia Power’s plan to incrementally raise the fee from $10 to $17.95 over the next three […]

Southside I-75 truck lanes on faster track, DOT delays other big plans

By: - October 18, 2019

Morning commuters along I-75 from Macon to McDonough are accustomed to weaving in and out of lanes to avoid the frequent blockade of tractor-trailer trucks.  The erratic traffic pattern not only slows down a commute but also put drivers at risk of colliding with the 18-wheel behemoths. To help relieve the conflict the state plans […]

Lawmakers next year to consider closing criminal records for some offenses

By: - October 15, 2019

Dalton’s Tina Stanley achieved a milestone a few weeks ago when she was declared rehabilitated by the state parole board. Dating back to 1993, her struggles with drug addiction led to Stanley committing a string of offenses ranging from shoplifting to conspiracy to defraud to methamphetamine possession. Keeping her nose clean since her two-year prison […]

GOP lawmakers pitch new plan to provide health care for poor

By: - October 11, 2019

Georgia leaders have long grappled with ways to fairly distribute the responsibility of treating patients who can’t afford to pay, a provision known as indigent and charity care provided by hospitals.  House lawmakers and health care officials are now studying a proposed system that some Republican backers say could better serve uninsured Georgians and the […]

Case of citizen watchdog with a camera lands in Ga. Court of Appeals

By: - October 9, 2019

Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was so welcome she was treated to a slice of pumpkin pie prior to a rally for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican candidates in August 2014. Soon Tisdale found herself rousted by an officer, who arrested her on charges of criminal trespassing and felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction […]

Ga. pols take break from budget tension at Georgia National Fair

By: - October 7, 2019

PERRY – Moments after a host of top Republican leaders celebrated the opening day of the Georgia National Fair, those same public officials gave way to pregnant cows and hogs and mothers of newborn piglets and calves. About 200 people came out last week to the fairground’s Georgia Grown Building to hear Gov. Brian Kemp […]

Georgia Power rate hike plan called burden on low-income customers

By: - October 1, 2019

Decatur’s Catherine Carter is such a stickler for conserving electricity that the 76-year-old didn’t turn on her air conditioner throughout this year’s sweltering summer. Carter is among the Georgia Power customers who complain it is unfair for state officials to grant the utility’s request to nearly double its base electricity rate, the minimum amount customers […]

Groups plan to rally against Georgia Power rate increase

By: - September 30, 2019

Georgia Power’s $2.2 billion rate increase hearing gets underway Monday and a dozen organizations plan to protest proposed higher electric bills outside the Public Service Commission’s offices. The Sierra Club of Georgia and 11 other conservation and consumer advocacy organizations are expected at a 4 p.m. demonstration in downtown Atlanta. Georgia Power’s plan calls for […]

Ga. lawmakers flagged for ethics violations blame website, typing skills

By: - September 27, 2019

Georgia lawmakers ensnared in a state audit of campaign finance disclosures blamed the electronic filing process, their own procrastination and the person who keeps track of donations as some of the reasons they might have fallen afoul of state ethics laws. Georgia’s ethics panel Thursday named a dozen state lawmakers who stand accused of campaign […]

Book bans at Georgia jails, prisons focus of week’s reading advocacy

By: - September 25, 2019

The Atlanta-area feminist bookstore Charis Books and More regularly sends books to Georgia inmates purchased by family members and friends. But over the last several months more of those books are being rejected, said Errol “E.R.” Anderson, executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of the bookstore. “We think books are a lifeline for […]

Georgia senators aim for hands-on state regulation of scooters

By: - September 24, 2019

Electric scooters are banned from the state’s Georgia World Congress Center campus, but some riders still get in the way of downtown Atlanta visitors while cruising on sidewalks. A state Senate study committee met at the big Atlanta convention facility Monday to discuss potential statewide regulation of the electric scooter industry. The convention center’s police […]

State senators meet today to weigh easing felon voting constraints

By: - September 20, 2019

A group of state senators will look at ways to restore the voting privileges of non-violent convicted felons when they are freed instead of waiting until parole and other sentencing terms are complete. State Sen. Harold Jones says he filed legislation this year to relax felon voting rights because thousands of Georgians are penalized for […]