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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.

Election skeptics suing to ‘audit’ 2020 Fulton ballots running short of options

By: - July 15, 2021

Ten Fulton County voters looking to prove the baseless claims that widespread fraud factored in President Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 general election victory are banking on their review of public records to provide ammunition in their quest for an in-depth inspection of absentee ballots. But even with their revelation this week that they’ve identified nearly […]

State OKs Spaceport Camden, few ways now for opponents to defuse it

By: - July 9, 2021

The reality of rockets one day launching off coastal Georgia got a big boost Thursday after the state agency charged with protecting the coast said it doesn’t plan to stand in the way of a federal license for Spaceport Camden. The Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resource issued a letter Thursday saying […]

Federal judge declines to halt parts of Georgia’s new election law – for now

By: - July 7, 2021

A federal judge Wednesday denied a push to stop the enforcement of some new Georgia election rules for Tuesday’s two state House runoffs but is leaving open the possibility he could block parts of the law from taking effect in future elections. In Wednesday’s order, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Boulee said he didn’t want […]

Kemp interviews justice candidates in Georgia Supreme Court makeover

By: - July 7, 2021

The reshaping of the Georgia Supreme Court under Gov. Brian Kemp continues, as new Chief Justice David Nahmias takes the reins and six finalists vie to fill the court’s third vacancy since 2020. The Republican governor has started interviewing the potential replacements for the seat left vacant after last week’s retirement of Chief Justice Harold […]

Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law could hinder Georgia court challenges

By: and - July 2, 2021

The U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld provisions in Arizona’s election law because they did not violate the Voting Rights Act could make it more difficult for federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s voting law to succeed. Election law experts say Thursday’s ruling raises new doubts in most of the eight federal lawsuits alleging Georgia’s new rules […]

New absentee voting rules take effect with full 2021 Georgia election law

By: - June 30, 2021

Starting today, some of the most heavily scrutinized sections of Georgia’s new voting law go into effect — primarily absentee voting rules that have become the focal points of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit. The federal government’s lawsuit against Georgia on Friday argues that the state’s new election rules that shorten the window to […]

Georgia Supreme Court chief heads to big law firm as he leaves bench

By: - June 29, 2021

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton will enter private practice with a national law firm after stepping down from the state’s highest court on Thursday. Troutman Pepper announced Tuesday that starting July 19, Melton will partner with the firm after serving three decades in state government with the last 16 years on the Georgia […]

U.S. Justice Dept. suit says new Georgia voting law rules violate rights

By: and - June 25, 2021

This story was updated June 25th at 5:27 p.m. WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal […]

State regulators, federal inspectors give big headaches to Vogtle owners 

By: - June 24, 2021

Managers of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project are having an especially bad month, which is saying something for a long-delayed project billions of dollars over budget. Georgia Power and its parent company, Southern Co. endured a blistering hearing at the Georgia Public Service Commission Thursday, just days after U.S. nuclear regulators launched a review […]

Warnock targets state takeover of local elections with new voting bill

By: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock introduced legislation this week aimed at circumventing some of the pressure of partisan politics on state elections while also providing more safeguards to insulate local election boards, election workers, and volunteers.    Warnock is the lead sponsor of the new Preventing Election Subversion Act of 2021 that targets provisions of new election […]

Environmentalists bank on state regulators to stop Okefenokee mine

By: - June 22, 2021

Nearly two years after Alabama’s Twin Pines Minerals publicly unveiled plans to mine heavy minerals near the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, the company says the project is still a top priority despite potential legal hurdles, and changing environmental rules that loom ahead of its proposal. Twin Pines President Steve Ingle said last week his company would […]

Judge weighs request to dismiss Fulton absentee ballot lawsuit

By: - June 21, 2021

The future of a review of more than 145,000 Fulton County absentee ballots remains up in the air following a court hearing Monday on a request to dismiss the case. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said he will take time to digest the latest filings after hearing several hours of arguments Monday. Attorneys […]