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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.

Southern Co. expects new Plant Vogtle delays as PSC weighs tab

By: - April 30, 2021

The snakebit Plant Vogtle nuclear reactor expansion project is likely to miss another deadline. The Georgia Public Service Commission will soon decide whether to sign off on the $670 million in construction costs over the final six months of 2020, a tab that could eventually get passed onto customer’s electric bills.  Georgia Power recently announced […]

Federal hate crimes charges put men accused in Arbery killing in bind

By: - April 29, 2021

A federal hate crimes case against the three white men accused of killing a 25-year-old Black man in Glynn County is a significant blow to the defendants’ chances to avoid punishment in the highly publicized case, legal experts said.  The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury indicted Travis McMichael, 35, […]

State Election Board wrestles with lingering 2020 GOP grievances

By: - April 28, 2021

Georgia’s State Election Board held its first meeting Wednesday with a new meeting leader replacing the secretary of state and the hours-long meeting served as a sounding board for discredited conspiracy theories alleging fraud in the 2020 elections.  Election Board Vice-Chair Rebecca Sullivan served as the acting chair of the state voting board after a […]

State Election Board reconvenes after secretary of state booted from chair

By: - April 27, 2021

A new leader is set to run Georgia’s State Election Board meeting Wednesday for the first time since the Legislature passed controversial election changes shifting the panel’s power. Vice-Chair Rebecca Sullivan will replace Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as head of the board that oversees state election laws. Removing the state’s top election chief as […]

Georgia’s juvenile detention struggles with staggering correction staff churn

By: - April 26, 2021

Georgia’s criminal justice officials are banking on better pay to stem the staggering near-complete turnover rate for new juvenile correctional officers, who often leave discouraged by the highly demanding jobs that call for keeping order inside detention centers.    Georgia’s 97% turnover rate for entry-level corrections staff is significantly higher than neighboring Florida, which reached 64% […]

Report: Close Georgia Power coal plants faster to avert climate crisis

By: - April 22, 2021

A new environmental report says that Georgia Power’s parent company and other regional utilities are not doing enough to reduce greenhouse emissions to avoid climate disaster. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) analysis projects that over the next decade, the Southern Co., which owns Georgia Power and other major Southeast utilities, will not retire […]

Georgians praise murder conviction in George Floyd case as win for justice

By: - April 20, 2021

This story was updated 9:08 a.m. April 21 with reaction from Gov. Brian Kemp.  The Georgia Democratic Party and ACLU are among those praising a Minnesota jury’s verdict Tuesday afternoon after it found a former Minneapolis police officer guilty of murdering George Floyd. The Hennepin County jury deliberated 10 hours before finding Derek Chauvin guilty […]

Georgia law enforcement gears up for potential fallout from Chauvin verdict

By: - April 20, 2021

Georgia law enforcement agencies are on high-alert this week in anticipation of a jury’s verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with the 2020 death of George Floyd. The Atlanta Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are preparing for more protests over violence […]

Trump casts long shadow early over Georgia’s 2022 statewide campaigns

By: - April 18, 2021

Georgia’s 2022 campaign season is getting an early start, now with a former Democratic legislator who turned Republican after he endorsed Donald Trump announcing his bid to challenge Gov. Brian Kemp in the primary. Former state Rep. Vernon Jones said as governor he will be the standard-bearer for the Republican faction led by Trump and […]

Report: New Ga. election law rates well for access but a ‘step backward’

By: - April 16, 2021

A national election researcher says Georgia’s controversial new voting law is a “step backward” from the state’s 2020 election, but the state remains one of the most accessible in the nation for its vote-by-mail and in-person voting options.  The Center for Election Innovation & Research report ranks Georgia among the top tier along with 34 […]

Ga. voting law controversy follows overhaul’s point man to Washington

By: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Washington City Council voted Monday to ask state Rep. Barry Fleming to resign his city attorney job for his key role in passing sweeping voting legislation that detractors say will disenfranchise Black people and other minorities. Tensions flared throughout Monday night’s meeting, when four city councilmen said they no longer wanted Fleming […]

Golden Ray to weather third hurricane season since St. Simons shipwreck

By: - April 12, 2021

Crews are back to work cutting up a section of the shipwrecked Golden Ray that contains thousands of gallons of fuel as the extensive salvage operation in St. Simons Sound seems doomed to stretch into another Atlantic hurricane season. Nearly a year after the U.S. Coast Guard and other members of the salvage team expected […]