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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.

Black voter outreach Thursday follows Democratic presidential debate

By: and - November 22, 2019

Democratic presidential hopefuls pushed personal appeals to black voters with a string of appearances in Atlanta Thursday, capping a November that gave Georgia a few moments at center stage of the 2020 election campaign. Most of the 10 candidates stuck around who appeared on stage at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate as they outlined plans for […]

Decatur adopts LGBTQ-friendly law as annual rights list ranks Ga. cities.

By: - November 20, 2019

This week, Decatur became the sixth Georgia city to approve a policy to protect people from discrimination by businesses due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law figures to drastically raise Decatur’s score in next year’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report that scores local governments inclusion of the LGBTQ community in […]

Georgia Power filing tries to close $1.1 billion rate case gap with PSC

By: - November 19, 2019

Georgia Power’s rate case is scheduled to resume Monday as the utility provider and state’s regulators try to resolve a billion dollar standoff. The Public Service Commission’s staff is recommending that Georgia Power customers only cover $1.1 billion of the $2.2 billion rate hike the company is requesting over the next three years. A Georgia […]

Controversial ‘education savings account’ bill likely to return in 2020

By: - November 18, 2019

Georgia lawmakers could get another bite of the apple next year, as controversial legislation that proposes to steer state money away from public schools for parents to pay for private school tuition is likely to return after stalling early this year. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s Policy Director Mike Dudgeon said Friday that behind-the-scenes maneuvering’s been […]

Small audience pans governor’s health plan at Macon hearing

By: - November 15, 2019

MACON — Trudy Posner told state officials at a public hearing this week her son’s serious heart condition could have worsened if he had not found a new job a month before he turned 26. That’s when he would’ve lost insurance through his parents’ coverage. The Posner’s spent $600 per month on their son’s health […]

State’s highway express lane project eases stress on long-haul commuters

By: - November 12, 2019

Sherry Genthner says her husband noticed her demeanor change once she started riding Xpress buses from McDonough to Atlanta in 2013. Genthner says she’s less stressed now that she is not driving from her home in Griffin into Atlanta after spending 25 years doing so to get to her jobs as a banker. The 59-year-old […]

PSC says Georgia Power should slow down $525M charge to ratepayers

By: - November 5, 2019

State regulators Monday said Georgia Power’s request that ratepayers pay $525 million to clean up coal ash ponds and landfills over three years should be phased in more slowly. The state Public Service Commission staff says commissioners should review the proposed toxic ash cleanup and related reimbursements on an annual basis over the next few […]

Federal approvals could launch Camden Spaceport into next phase

By: - November 4, 2019

A federal agency is set to decide next month whether a Camden County-sponsored Spaceport will get a chance to get off the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration is targeting mid-December to rule on the coastal county’s application to become one of 12 sites in the U.S. licensed to launch privately owned rockets into space. Spaceport […]

Ga. medical marijuana law offers new opportunities for minority businesses

By: - November 1, 2019

Tianna Smith sounds like a marketing executive when she talks about the entrepreneurial opportunity she sees in once-forbidden products like medical marijuana and hemp. “As a startup, how can I get connected with a cannabis attorney or a CPA that is going to understand this cannabis space?” said Smith, as she describes her vision for […]

Most of 13 lawmakers flagged for ethics violations remedy disclosures

By: - October 28, 2019

The state ethics commission announced at a Sept. 26 meeting it had filed complaints against 13 state lawmakers who’d run afoul of campaign finance laws, causing some to express public embarrassment. The majority of those officials turned in their missing campaign disclosure reports since then, or added new financial information to already filed reports. In […]

Easing felon vote restrictions on Georgia lawmakers’ agenda

By: - October 24, 2019

LAGRANGE – Georgia lawmakers sympathetic to relaxing voting restrictions for nonviolent felons have lots of company, but that doesn’t include Angela Idel. Her son, Heath Jackson, was murdered during a burglary at his Columbus home in 2010. But even people convicted of much less serious felonies should have to wait until they’re no longer under […]

Regulators balk at Georgia Power’s request for steep rate hike

By: - October 18, 2019

Georgia Public Service Commission staffers are pushing back on a steep rate increase that Georgia Power had requested start as soon as January. The staff on Friday endorsed a one-time $2 base rate increase starting in 2021, instead of Georgia Power’s plan to incrementally raise the fee from $10 to $17.95 over the next three […]