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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.

State senators meet today to weigh easing felon voting constraints

By: - September 20, 2019

A group of state senators will look at ways to restore the voting privileges of non-violent convicted felons when they are freed instead of waiting until parole and other sentencing terms are complete. State Sen. Harold Jones says he filed legislation this year to relax felon voting rights because thousands of Georgians are penalized for […]

Mental health aid for Georgia school kids might be spared budget ax

By: - September 18, 2019

A north Georgia school superintendent lamented at an August gathering of lawmakers in Jasper that some of his 3,600 students often arrive for classes with mental health needs that outstrip the capacity of the part-time counselor’s ability to help. “It’s a struggle,” Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs said by phone recently. “It’s not something that’s […]

Comments on proposed mine at edge of Okefenokee swamp regulators

By: - September 16, 2019

A large coalition of environmental organizations is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop a company from mining near the Okefenokee Swamp, joining more than 20,000 people who chimed in by Thursday’s deadline to comment.  Just prior to last week’s deadline for public comments, 16 conservation groups sent the Corps a 73-page letter […]

ACLU argues in federal court state probationers violating rights of deaf

By: - September 13, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia argued in federal court in Atlanta Thursday that deaf probationers and parolees are mistreated by the Georgia department that supervises them. The ACLU is representing six deaf people in a federal case against the Georgia Department of Community Supervision playing out this week in the U.S. District Court […]

Time running out for public to weigh in on Okefenokee area mining plan

By: - September 11, 2019

A proposed mining operation near the Okefenokee Swamp is sparking a great deal of interest with thousands of organizations and people sounding off on the plan ahead of tomorrow’s public comment deadline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logged more than 12,000 public comments on the Twin Pines Minerals’ application to conduct deep-surface mining along […]

Kemp rebuffs legislators’ plan for budget cut input

By: - September 6, 2019

An edict from Gov. Brian Kemp will prevent Georgia lawmakers from officially weighing in anytime soon on cuts to this year’s state budget that will affect more than half of the current year’s spending plan. It’s a decision that shows the governor’s muscle, but also likely puts him at odds with powerful members of his […]

Senate study panel considers requiring everyone in car to buckle up

By: - September 3, 2019

Most Georgians are familiar with the “Click It or Ticket” public safety campaign that urges people in the front seats of vehicles to wear seat belts or run the risk of getting pulled over. Now, a Georgia senator says the law should be extended to all backseat passengers to help protect them from injury or […]

Lawmakers study new state authority to boost sagging farmers’ markets

By: - August 29, 2019

A new $11 million staging area inside the Atlanta State Farmers Market stands out from the rest of the aging buildings that sit on a 150-acre open air facility that debuted in 1959. The 72,000 square-foot addition provides Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice more space to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. The new project is a rarity […]

Ga. local governments cling to home rule as builders resist restrictions

By: - August 27, 2019

The Home Builders Association of Georgia says people are being priced out of buying new homes through too-restrictive local regulations. The association’s push to fend off attempts by some local governments to restrict  options for a home’s exterior color, type of roof and other design elements is set to resume in the General Assembly in […]

Georgia Power rate hike push to get public airing starting next month

By: - August 26, 2019

Business interests and consumer watchdog organizations are keeping a wary eye on Georgia Power’s push to sharply increase its customers’ cost of electricity over the next three years. They can weigh in on the proposed three-year, $2.2 billion rate hike during this fall’s Georgia Public Service Commission hearings to consider the rate case that begins […]

State education board considers modest cuts at Wednesday meeting

By: - August 22, 2019

Members of Georgia’s Board of Education Wednesday mulled the governor’s recent order to cut fat in spending plans for this year and next. The department oversees public school funding and has a $10.6 billion budget, or more than a third of all state spending. Still, much of that is non-discretionary and Gov. Brian Kemp says […]

Local officials head to Athens next month to fend off state mandates

By: - August 21, 2019

Dozens of Georgia’s mayors, city and county managers and other local government leaders will come together in September to work on legislative priorities for 2020. They’ll work together in Athens on Sept.11 and 12 during meetings of legislative policy committees with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association, the two largest […]