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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.

Senate education panel advances ‘divisive concepts’ bill, stripped of college rules

By: - March 8, 2022

A Georgia lawmaker’s proposal to prohibit the teaching of “divisive concepts” in public schools will no longer force colleges and universities to comply. The Senate Education and Youth Committee voted Monday in favor of Senate Bill 377 after its author stripped away higher education so that it now only prohibits k-12 teachers and other school […]

Georgia senate GOP approves ban on COVID-19 vaccine ‘passports’

By: - March 4, 2022

Georgia Republican lawmakers appear primed to have restrictions in place this summer to block “intrusive” government COVID-19 vaccine mandates from returning in the next year or so. In Georgia and all across the country, government-imposed mandates are being rolled back after public health guidelines were relaxed following a significant reduction in cases in much of […]

Capitol Second Amendment pep rally for gun bills: ‘We can’t back down’

By: - March 2, 2022

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Wednesday declared 2022 will be a historic year for gun enthusiasts, at a pep rally for state Republican lawmakers partnering with Second Amendment organizations to expand gun ownership rights   As dozens of people gathered across the street from the state Capitol in Liberty Plaza, Kemp delivered his firearm-friendly message to dozens […]

Georgia Senate votes to let parents override their child’s school mask mandate

By: - March 1, 2022

The Georgia Senate signed off Tuesday on Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to allow parents of public school students to opt out of mask requirements, as Republicans legislators complained that local mandates in dozens districts are an overreach.  Kemp’s “Unmask Georgia Students Act” supporters say the measure protects parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s […]

State Senate approves bill to remove need for permit to carry handguns

By: - March 1, 2022

Georgia Republicans legislators moved a step closer to ending concealed carry license requirements after rejecting Democrats’ requests to expand background checks on Monday. The “Constitutional Carry of Act 2021” now heads to the House chamber after advancing in the Senate on Monday with a 31-22 vote following more than an hour of debate among GOP […]

Federal judge to decide whether to delay qualifying for Georgia PSC seat

By: - February 28, 2022

A U.S. District Court judge is set to decide over the next week whether candidates qualifying for a Georgia Public Service Commission race must wait until after a summer trial for a lawsuit claiming the process of electing utility regulators has largely kept Black people from winning a seat. Northern District of Georgia Judge Steven […]

State Senate OKs PSC map that blocks Democrat’s challenge to GOP incumbent

By: - February 24, 2022

The Georgia Senate passed a redistricting plan Thursday for state regulators who oversee the cost of electricity and other utilities over objections that the plan is designed to protect a sitting commissioner and that the election system has largely kept Black people from winning a seat. The Georgia Public Service Commission district map would be […]

Georgia legislators target COVID mask, vaccine precautions with mandate bans

By: and - February 23, 2022

Republican state lawmakers’ fight against COVID-19 mandates gained steam Wednesday, with committees advancing bills that would relax restrictions on school mask requirements and prohibit governments from requiring proof of vaccination at public buildings or to use services. A House committee advanced the Gov. Brian Kemp-backed bill that allows parents to opt their children out of […]

Arbery’s mother relieved by killer’s guilty verdict, expresses anger at DOJ

By: - February 23, 2022

Soon after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts Tuesday in the hate crimes trial of three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery, his mother vented against the federal prosecutors who offered a plea deal as much as she expressed relief about the trial’s outcome. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, thanked supporters around Brunswick and across the […]

Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers found guilty of federal hate crimes charges

By: - February 22, 2022

This is a developing story, please return for updates later today. A federal jury in Glynn County Tuesday found three white men guilty of race-based hate crimes in the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery after chasing him and gunning him down in a Brunswick-area neighborhood. The hate crimes verdicts against father and son Greg and […]

Georgia votes 2022: New Trump effect, new election law, new political maps

By: , and - February 22, 2022

Georgia voters might not hold the power this time around to dramatically flip control of the federal government, but even so, the once reliably red state will stay at the center of national politics this year. It was just a little more than a year ago when a record five million Georgians turned out to […]

Plant Vogtle delays and ballooning costs since 2012 unveiling like ‘groundhog day’

By: - February 18, 2022

Further setbacks at the snakebit Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion are reportedly expected to result in delays lasting up to six months while the operator added a $920 million charge at the end of last year. Thomas Fanning, president and CEO of Southern Co., said during Thursday’s earnings call that the parent company of Georgia Power […]