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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

American CEOs, forced into politics by cultural trends and staff demands in recent years, are hitting a new phase — actual lawmakers and rule-shapers.

Why it matters: Every CEO has been hit by the radical transformation of what the country demands of its corporations. And with each controversy comes CEOS scrambling, sometimes clumsily, to handle a power many would rather not have.

It's not just Georgia: Corporate America is under growing pressure to put its muscle behind voting rights around the country, Axios' Courtenay Brown and Sara Fischer write.

  • Texas is shaping up to be the next big battleground: American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, said in a statement it is "strongly opposed" to a state bill with "provisions that limit voting rights." Dell CEO Michael Dell tweeted against another voting bill.

Between the lines: Employees and customers are increasingly looking to corporations to take on a bigger role in social and political issues. Many of them have leaned into that role — and gotten results.

  • Big companies, entertainers and ultimately the NBA and NCAA canceled big-ticket events in North Carolina after the state passed its anti-LGBTQ "bathroom bill" in 2016. The state lost roughly $3.8 billion in business and ended up repealing that measure less than a year later.
  • The MLB yanked the All-Star Game from Atlanta.

Go deeper: What the Georgia law actually does (AP)

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MLB relocating All-Star game will cost Georgia $100M, tourism official says

Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Major League Baseball 2021 All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played. Photo: David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The "estimated lost economic impact" of Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state's voting restrictions is more than $100 million, a tourism industry official told CNN Saturday.

What they're saying: Cobb Travel and Tourism chief Holly Quinlan told a news conference Friday that the game "would have been a big boost to Cobb businesses and help with recovery efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic."

Trump calls for boycott of more companies over Georgia voting law

Former President Trump at the White House last July. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former President Trump on Saturday added to a list of organizations he's calling on supporters to boycott for opposing Georgia's voting restrictions.

Driving the news: Trump on Friday urged a boycott of "woke companies" that have taken a stand and Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia, adding: "Are you listening Coke, Delta." In his new statement, he said: "Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck."

Updated 46 mins ago - Health

GOP Rep. Clay Higgins says he has COVID for second time

Rep. Clay Higgins during a 2019 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) Sunday evening that he and his wife have contracted COVID-19 for a second time and "this episode is far more challenging."

Driving the news: "Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was," he wrote in a Facebook post, confirming his son also has the coronavirus — which he described as a "biological attack weaponized virus."