Delta Air Lines is reconsidering its discounts for 'politically divisive' groups

Delta Air Lines is reconsidering its discounts for 'politically divisive' groups

He's a CNN sports contributor and a visiting professor of journalism at Miami University in Ohio.

Georgia politics has always been a spectator sport, and there has been a show going on under the Gold Dome this week.

Thr bill originally contained a provision that would exempt airlines from paying state tax on jet fuel, which would have saved Delta up to $40 million. While that worldview is shared by many Atlanta residents, the state as a whole is more politically divided, suggesting the real possibility of future strife.

Back then, the National Football League began cracking down on giving Super Bowls to cities that weren't politically correct.

As a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during the summer of 2000, I wrote, "Atlanta should never get another Final Four".

It was only a matter of time before a company with a liberal streak running through its corporate governance structure made waves in a conservative Republican-voting state.

As for the latter, which runs collegiate sports, it declared that if a city is part of a state that officially flies anything resembling the Confederate flag, that city can't host the NCAA's Super Bowl, known as the Final Four of basketball, or any of the organization's championship events involving other sports.

Cagle made national news Monday when he tweeted that he'd kill the tax break unless Delta changed its stance on the NRA discount.

Deal, a term-limited Republican serving his final year, swiftly and quietly signed the tax bill, tweeting that he immediately wanted Georgia taxpayers to reap savings on their 2017 income tax returns.

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It's one of the busiest airports in the world, and Kirk said Delta knows and understands the benefits of the world commerce that goes through the airport.

Governors of NY and Virginia, a House lawmaker from OH and the mayor of Birmingham, Ala., were among officials who jabbed Georgia in the dispute and offered to have Delta move its headquarters from Atlanta.

The Georgia legislature on Thursday approved a bill stripping a $50 million sales tax exemption from the airline, which is headquartered in Atlanta.

Deal, who has said he will sign the tax bill, said a lot of people share the blame for the dispute.

"Our discounted travel benefit for NRA members could be seen as Delta implicitly endorsing the NRA", he said.

While the Kansas Legislature is as pro-gun or more so than Georgia, Whipple said he thinks his colleagues would put that aside if they could bring significant jobs and commerce to the state.

I think Brian Kemp is the big victor in this debacle. "One thing about the business community is that it has a very long memory".

Atlanta is now on a short list of 20 candidates to become the home of Amazon's second headquarters, known as HQ2.

Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion in Georgia since 2003, a deep red streak that makes this year's GOP gubernatorial nominee a likely favorite in November. But to do it after the Parkland shooting, in a political context in which student spokesmen are pushing for aggressive gun regulations while accusing the NRA and the Republicans to whom it donates of killing children is, emphatically, taking a side in the broader debate.

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