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 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 […]

Georgia Power responds to rate hike objections from PSC staff, customers

By: - November 26, 2019

Gloria Hayes said at a hearing Monday if regulators allow Georgia Power to increase its rates, seniors like her who live on a fixed-income might be forced to make some tough financial choices. Hayes is among the dozen or so seniors who have attended ongoing Georgia Public Service Commission hearings since September to ask regulators […]

Black voter outreach Thursday follows Democratic presidential debate

By: and - November 22, 2019

Democratic presidential hopefuls pushed personal appeals to black voters with a string of appearances in Atlanta Thursday, capping a November that gave Georgia a few moments at center stage of the 2020 election campaign. Most of the 10 candidates stuck around who appeared on stage at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate as they outlined plans for […]

Decatur adopts LGBTQ-friendly law as annual rights list ranks Ga. cities.

By: - November 20, 2019

This week, Decatur became the sixth Georgia city to approve a policy to protect people from discrimination by businesses due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law figures to drastically raise Decatur’s score in next year’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report that scores local governments inclusion of the LGBTQ community in […]