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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.

Georgia’s coal-fired plant closings likely to go on despite Supreme Court EPA ruling

By: - July 1, 2022

Environmental‌ ‌groups are calling on the U.S. Congress to take action after a U.S. Supreme Court limiting the ability to enforce carbon emission pollution dealt a blow in the fight against climate change. The West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency opinion was a victory for Georgia and 18 other Republican-led states as it limits Democratic […]

Federal trial starts claiming Black voters disenfranchised by Georgia PSC elections

By: - June 28, 2022

Georgia‌ ‌Power’s plan to saddle its customers with a 12% electricity rate hike over the next three years will be decided by a Public Service Commission that’s the focus of a federal trial this week that claims Black residents suffer disproportionately from higher utility bills and are disenfranchised by the state regulator’s candidacy rules.  On […]

Georgia officials, groups mobilize for abortion rights fight

By: - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade quickly reverberated throughout Georgia and beyond as the reaction ranged from ‌outrage and frustration among abortion rights supporters to jubilation from anti-abortion activists.  With the landmark ruling throwing out a constitutional right to an abortion, regulating access to the procedure will now be left […]

Georgia Democrats now set sights on decisive November statewide races

By: - June 22, 2022

State Rep. Bee Nguyen became the Democratic Party’s nominee Tuesday for Georgia’s elections chief, pitting her against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the Nov. 8 general election. Nguyen skated to victory over former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler‌ in Tuesday’s runoff by a three-to-one margin, according to unofficial election results. Also Tuesday, Democratic […]

Five things to know as you head to the polls in Tuesday’s Georgia primary runoffs

By: - June 21, 2022

On Tuesday, Georgia voters will choose party nominees in runoffs for a host of statewide, congressional and other races ahead of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nov.‌ 8 general ‌election.  The‌ ‌Democratic runoffs will decide the party’s nominees for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner and Congress, while the Republican runoffs feature a pair of U.S. […]

New Georgia election board chair takes helm ahead of midterms

By: - June 7, 2022

A newly rebuilt State Election Board is positioned to determine whether the state takes over Fulton County election operations, oversee Georgia’s pivotal midterms, and investigate election security challenges. The‌ ‌new chair of the state board ‌is‌ retired U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia Judge William Duffey Jr., who was appointed Friday by Republican Gov. Brian […]

Raffensperger testifies before grand jury in Trump 2020 election probe

By: - June 3, 2022

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday testified before a Fulton County special grand jury charged with investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to illegally coerce officials to declare him the winner of the 2020 election. Raffensperger entered the Lewis R. Slaton Courthouse Thursday morning as the first prominent witness […]

Health officials investigating first suspected Georgia case of monkeypox

By: - June 1, 2022

Georgia’s first suspected case of monkeypox was announced Wednesday as the rare skin-to-skin virus continues to gradually spread across the United States.  The ‌Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting confirmation testing to determine if the virus is monkeypox after a metro Atlanta man with a history of international travel was initially diagnosed […]

End of school year meets end of expanded food subsidies for Georgia children

By: - June 1, 2022

This story was updated at 3:32 p.m. on June 1 to reflect that the Georgia Food Bank Association just announced in Georgia Trend that the organization is now known as Feeding Georgia. Families in Georgia will no longer receive extra money for groceries to help keep children’s stomachs from growling during the summer. Households in […]

Georgia Power pressing ahead with coal ash storage plan, slow rollout of clean energy

By: - May 30, 2022

The Georgia Public Service Commission is set to vote July 22 on Georgia Power’s long term energy plans for coal plant closings, solar energy production, electric vehicle infrastructure and more. The state’s largest electricity provider will have an opportunity to request a final hearing next month following multiple days of hearings that wrapped up at […]

Election shuffles state lawmakers; redistricting chair loses on map she helped draw up

By: - May 25, 2022

This story was updated May 26 at 3:35 p.m. with state Senate candidate Nabilah Islam’s response to a letter about her campaign mailers.  A redistricting process set new boundaries for many state legislators ahead of Tuesday’s midterm primary, which led to some surprising outcomes, including the defeat of an incumbent lawmaker who oversaw the drawing […]

Raffensperger hangs upset on Trump-backed Hice in bid to remain Georgia election chief

By: - May 25, 2022

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will join Gov. Brian Kemp as the state’s most prominent Donald Trump political targets to avoid a runoff against candidates endorsed by the former president. With 95% of precincts reporting, Raffensperger led with 51.2% of votes, outpacing U.S. Rep. Jody Hice’s 38% and followed by 9% cast for former […]