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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.

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review

By: - November 3, 2022

A major hurdle could soon be cleared for Twin Pines Minerals’ controversial plan to mine near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge three years after it was announced. Members of a coalition of park supporters say they are rallying the public against plans that they claim would threaten hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands. The Alabama-based […]

Georgia U.S. Senate candidates leave party’s 2020 presidential contestants off campaign stage

By: - November 2, 2022

Georgia’s candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, secretary of state are working to gin up support as their campaigns wind down with less than a week before a pivotal Election Day. During early voting days leading up to the Nov. 8 midterm election, former President Barack Obama stopped by Georgia to stump for Democratic nominees for […]

Supreme Court rejects Lindsey Graham’s bid to avoid Fulton grand jury’s 2020 election probe

By: - November 1, 2022

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will have to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury investigating 2020 election interference after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected his attempt to quash the subpoena.  The Supreme Court’s unsigned decision sets up a scheduled Nov. 17 showdown – which would be the latest trip to Georgia […]

Former Trump aide Meadows loses bid to avoid Fulton grand jury probe into 2020 election interference

By: - October 27, 2022

Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows is the latest ally of the former president ordered to appear before a Fulton County special grand jury just ahead of a final court decision on a standing U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s subpoena.  A South Carolina judge ordered that Meadows must comply with a subpoena as part of […]

Georgia Supreme Court hands supporters of Confederate statues in public squares partial setback

By: - October 25, 2022

The Georgia Supreme Court just handed a mixed bag to supporters of keeping monuments commemorating the Confederacy on their historic courthouse lawn perches at public expense.  On Tuesday, the justices upheld a state Court of Appeals’ dismissal of lawsuits filed by Sons of Confederate Veterans against Newton and Henry county commissioners over their removal of […]

New Georgia poll of likely Hispanic voters finds Abrams and Kemp knotted, Walker leading Warnock

By: - October 19, 2022

When Raysa Aragon immigrated to the United States at the age of 38, living under the tyrannical regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was more than enough to deter her from blindly joining a political party.  For the next several decades, the 66-year-old retired interpreter and Clayton County resident voted for the candidates she thought […]

Georgians set first day early voting turnout record in biggest test yet of 2021 election overhaul

By: - October 17, 2022

On Monday, thousands of Georgia voters descended upon early voting sites like the Smyrna Community Center on a record-setting first day of early voting in the high-stakes midterm election looming on Nov. 8. Across Georgia, some voters waited in long lines and the state’s voter registration system crashed multiple times, with reports from voting rights […]

Georgia elections chief clarifies that no, you can’t challenge another voter’s eligibility at the polls

By: - October 13, 2022

A state elections office bulletin sent out this week further inflamed charges of voter suppression and showcased some of the confusion surrounding Georgia’s voter challenge rules that state that any person can question the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters. Turns out you can’t lodge a challenge to other voters attempting to cast a […]

Common Cause Georgia sues FEC over dismissed complaint that conservative nonprofit broke finance rules

By: - October 11, 2022

Common Cause Georgia is suing the Federal Election Commission for dismissing a complaint alleging that conservative election-monitoring organization True the Vote illegally contributed to the Georgia Republican Party during the January 2021 runoffs for two U.S. Senate seats. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accuses three Republican commissioners […]

Election officials largely reject voter eligibility challenges under Georgia’s new election law

By: - October 11, 2022

The eligibility of tens of thousands of Georgia voters is being challenged ahead of the midterm election on Nov. 8, with Cobb County and Chatham County election boards the latest to reject attempts to remove people from the registrar’s rolls. On Monday, the election boards in the Atlanta suburbs and Savannah community rejected more than […]

Georgia Supreme Court hears coastal spaceport case with local public ballot initiatives at stake

By: - October 7, 2022

On Thursday, Camden County argued in front of the Georgia Supreme Court that a local probate judge shouldn’t have ordered a referendum election allowing residents to nix plans for a coastal spaceport. For most of the hour-long hearing, justices questioned attorneys for the probate court judge, county, and the citizens behind the initial lawsuit opposing […]

Georgia registration deadline looms as voters prepare to give new election rules first big test

By: - October 6, 2022

Georgians have until Tuesday to register to vote in time for the Nov. 8 midterm election where they’ll decide who emerges from the rematch between Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, whether Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock will be unseated by former University of Georgia football star Herschel Walker, along with electing […]