Friday, 23 March, 2018

Georgia Republicans are going to bat for the NRA against Delta

Delta and United ending group travel discount for NRA members Delta tax break at stake in spat with Georgia Repulicans over NRA stance
Nellie Chapman | 02 March, 2018, 08:04

In his tweet Monday vowing to kill any tax break benefiting Delta, Cagle said: "Corporations can not attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back".

Liberals claim that the right isn't actually opposed to the government "picking winners and losers", they just want it pick the right ones; Cagle's tweet stipulates that Georgia's economic policies should punish businesses that "attack" conservatives.

Delta, which has its headquarters in Atlanta, is among several corporations to cut ties with the NRA following the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead.

But the real power lies with credit cards and media companies, said Elliot H. Lutzker, chairman of the corporate law practice group at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, specifically in allowing or blocking purchases of firearms and NRA advertisements.

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday morning that it's ending discounted rates for NRA members.

An additional statement by Delta said the decision to end its partnership with the NRA reflected a "neutral status" in the gun control debate.

"Georgia is number one in feature films being produced and that's number one in the world", said Georgia's Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. The airlines joined a list of other companies, including Avis Budget Group, Hertz Global Holdings and Metlife, that announced they would end their relationship with the Nation's oldest shooting sports organization after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

Almost 20 companies, including Metlife, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Best Western, Wyndham, United Airlines, and Delta, have ended NRA partnerships since the shooting.

Cagle is a crowd favorite among Republicans in his state's upcoming gubernatorial race.

The news comes as Delta, one of the state's largest employers, appeared close to convincing lawmakers to restore a $50 million sales-tax exemption on jet fuel.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle tweeted today that he would retaliate against Delta for "attacking conservatives". "You know, in mathematics, Delta represents the change in something".

Also, democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Rep. Stacey Evans saying Cagle risked Atlanta's Amazon bid.

It's grown from a $240 million industry to a $10 billion industry they say employs more than 90,000 people.