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The Latest: Georgia Dem questions legality of Delta threat

The Latest on Delta’s decision to cut marketing ties with the National Rifle Association (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

A Democratic candidate for the Georgia governor’s office says the state’s lieutenant governor may have broken anti-corruption laws when he threatened to block a proposed airline tax cut after Delta Air Lines ended its travel discount program with the National Rifle Association.

In a Wednesday letter, Stacey Evans urged Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr to investigate Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s recent tweet in which Cagle said he would “kill” tax legislation benefiting Delta unless the airline reverses its stance.

Evans says Cagle may have broken bribery, extortion and ethics laws. She says Cagle stands to benefit economically from the threat as a member of the NRA. She also says Cagle’s campaign for governor could also benefit.

Cagle’s spokesman declined comment. The Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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11 a.m.

Georgia’s lieutenant governor took to the Fox News Channel to defend his controversial threat to block a proposed sales tax exemption on jet fuel unless Delta Air Lines restores the travel discount it had offered to members of the National Rifle Association.

Appearing on “Fox Friends” Wednesday morning, Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Delta had taken “punitive” action against defenders of the Second Amendment and was unfairly targeting “law-abiding gun owners.”

Cagle and other Republicans who are running to be the state’s next governor have been united in pushing back against Delta’s stance.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Tuesday that Delta was welcome to move to his state.

Cagle scoffed at the notion that the Atlanta-based airline would relocate there, arguing that Georgia offers the most business-friendly policies in the nation.

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12 a.m.:

One of Georgia’s largest employers is taking heat from Republican officials for a business decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

Threats from GOP Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Republicans running to become Georgia’s next governor are jeopardizing an exemption from sales taxes on jet fuel sought by Delta Air Lines.

Republican state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler said Tuesday that officials were working behind the scenes to resolve the dispute that erupted when Delta announced it would no longer offer discounted rates to NRA members.

GOP Gov. Nathan Deal is serving his last year in office. He refrained from commenting publicly on the rift Tuesday. Deal in the past has opposed social conservatives in his own party on issues the governor felt could threaten Georgia’s business-friendly reputation.

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-georgia-lt-gov-defends-stance-delta-53414880

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