One by one, business owners said in court this week they felt intimidated by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis when he asked for campaign contributions, and they feared losing work from the county if they didn’t pay up.
The crowd of hundreds of anti-abortion activists gathered outside the statehouse Wednesday gave Gov. Nathan Deal polite applause when he praised the state’s “strong” position on abortion. But after the brief address he poured cold water on a new legislative push that would tighten restrictions.
Anti-abortion activists want him to go a step further. They have put their muscle behind Senate Bill 98, which would bar insurance coverage for the procedure in policies approved by the state government, as well as through the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.
Deal said Wednesday that the first thrust – the part of the legislation involving state government policies – “we took care of administratively last year.” As for the part about Obamacare, Deal said, he hasn’t specifically vetted it.
When pressed on whether he thinks it needs a legislative fix, he added this:
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think we’ve taken care of it.”