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Michael Williams, a candidate for Georgia governor, about passing a broad tax bill that struck language exempting jet fuel from sales taxes (which means a cost to Delta and other airlines of at least $38M).

The Georgia Senate passed a large tax reform bill on Thursday, one day after removing an exemption on jet fuel that would have been a boon for the Atlanta-based airline.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle threatened to kill legislation that benefitted Delta unless it reversed its course on the partnership.

"Corporations can not attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back", tweeted Cagle, who is also running for governor. Mr. Bastian wrote that Delta made the move after hearing statements from N.R.A. representatives about the massacre, including accusations that the news media was gleefully profiting off the deaths of students. Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill into law on Friday.

The Georgia legislature removed a jet-fuel tax break from a larger tax package Thursday.

Chuck Hufstetler, the Republican chairman of the state's Senate Finance Committee, told CNN on Friday that he was satisfied with the Delta CEO's memo. Bastian applauded the governor in his memo to Delta staff, calling him a "great friend" to the company.

"I'm sure if we got someone from a company like Delta who was interested in taking a look at our state, those are the type of conversations that we on the committee would love to have".

"Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale", Bastian said.

After the firestorm, Delta will review all its marketing programs to avoid those that might become political, CEO Ed Bastian announced Friday. This decision followed the NRA's controversial statements after the recent school shootings in Florida.

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United Airlines also notified the NRA that it would no longer offer a discounted rate for the NRA's annual meeting.

"That is not the case", he said.

The NRA did not return a request for comment on these developments.

Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo both have invited Delta to move its headquarters to their states in the midst of the company's disagreement with the legislature.

Bastian, however, demurred. "None of this changes the fact that our home is in Atlanta and we are proud and honored to locate our headquarters here", Bastian said.

Last weekend, Delta, which employs 33,000 Georgians, announced its decision to cut ties with the gun rights group, after the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead. Dick's also said it would stop selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

Gov. Rick Scott is supporting the state's most substantive gun-restriction proposals in decades - raising to 21 the age to buy any firearm, banning "bump stocks" that can make a semi-automatic weapon fire more rapidly and calling for $500 million for mental-health initiatives and school safety.

As the two began to yell, an enervated Leventhal simply said: "One thing is clear, we don't accomplish anything when you are talking at the same time".

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