Sunday Sales bill still alive?

Online petition giving new hope to changing the law:

With more than 30,000 Georgians signing a petition to end the state’s prohibition on Sunday sales and with the House and Senate showing a willingness to consider other alcohol legislation, backers of the Sunday bill say they at least have a shot this year.

It is something they might not have had before state Senate leaders decided to put two bills on Tuesday’s calendar. The pair would allow Sunday beer sales at Gwinnett’s new baseball stadium and let limo services offer alcoholic beverages to customers, respectively.

“The chances definitely improved since they decided to have beer baseball and limousine liquor,” said Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland), the sponsor of Sunday store sales. “We’re off and running.”

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54 comments

  1. AubieTurtle says:

    What’s really annoying Cagle’s attempt to act like his opposition is based on the state having more important issues to consider. Where was he during the votes on the BCS and trying to force other states to issue UGA license plates?

  2. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Huckabee is such a joke. Two words: Mathematical Impossibility.

    This bill needs to expand, allow GA to catch up to the sophistication of the rest of our country. As far as many outsiders are concerned…one-hundred years ago the citizens of Georgia didn’t wear shoes and would let themselves be bitten by snakes to express their religious fanaticism, and in another one-hundred years they will have made no progress.
    The “people” in this state need to stop celebrating their ignorance, and get with the program.
    If Perdue ends up being the VP nominee for McCain, it will only damage GA’s reputation even further.

  3. AubieTurtle says:

    Passing the Sunday choice law would be a good way to help bring the corporate headquarters of the merged Miller-Coors Brewing Company. Atlanta has been mentioned by the company as being in the running for the HQ but it would be very easy for the other cities in the running to point to Georgia’s anti-alcohol laws as reason to not locate here.

  4. gatormathis says:

    Question:

    Will you have to ride around in the limo and drink their liquor, or can they simply pull up in your yard and pour you a drink……..

    …..sorta brings new meaning to curbside liquor huh?

    Also kinda reminds me of a buddy questioning me on why we couldn’t folks take corn and stuff and make alcohol out of it to use as fuel (this was only a coupla years ago, just ahead of the ethanol surge and 3 dollar gas)………

    …..I said “Cain’t”……..

    ……………..he said “why”………

    ……..I said “Cause……folks drainks it to fast…….lol…..”

  5. Joy says:

    Enough of the specially targeted stuff. Let people drink in limos and at baseball games. And anywhere/when else, too. I just want to be able to roll out of bed on Sunday morning and head off for a Bloody Mary Brunch. No one should have to suffer a ‘dry’ eggs benedict.

  6. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Harry,

    Yeah…a special interest in providing good paying jobs to the people of Georgia.
    Consider what companies will not open up shop in GA because of the Republican war on science and the poor preformance of our schools. (think hi-tech and pharmaceuticals).
    They will allow their distribution plants be in GA, but that is not suitable employment for educated individuals.

  7. Harry says:

    Alcohol is the most destructive controlled substance worldwide. When you add up all the resulting health risks, property damage, family problems, work lost, and costs of interdiction and incarceration, the cost to society is staggering.

  8. KLMCDad says:

    Harry – It’s a destructive substance that can be sold by-the-drink on Sundays at any sports bar or restaurant. Does it make sense to have laws on the books that won’t allow me to pick up a sixer on Sunday to take home and consume but have a conflicting law which will allow me to go to Taco Mac and down 6-8 beers before I drive home?

    It’s all or nothing…and I sincerely doubt that by-the-drink sales are going to be outlawed.

  9. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Why don’t we get outlaw firearms while we are at it then Harry.
    Alcohol does not cause those problems, Harry. People do.
    Believe me. Without alcohol things would be much worse.

  10. Bill Simon says:

    Harry,

    You THINK you put on a good mask, but, we know you are nothing but a religious zealot in your positions.

    As an aside, what do you think about the Georgia Lottery? Is it a “good lottery” just because it is run by the state? Or, is it a bad lottery because ALL lotteries are gambling and gambling causes lots of bad things too?

  11. Harry says:

    That’s a good point about the alcohol-conception connection. However, if the mother continues to drink excessively the baby is born with deformities.

    Sobriety is a good thing 99.9 percent of the time.

  12. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Yes Seth, thank you for the link. Personally, I would want a mandate from the State that repeals the Sunday Sales Prohibition…but that is me just wanting to stick it to the despotic evangelists.
    When in doubt about a proper solution in matters of public policy, we should always err on the side of democracy.

  13. drjay says:

    important things i learned in college

    if you don’t start drinking 1st thing in the morning, you can’t drink all day

    a quart bottle of bud is pretty easy to conceal and consume in large lecture halls

    even the red and black crossword gets a little tricky after a couple of quarts of bud

  14. rugby fan says:

    “if you don’t start drinking 1st thing in the morning, you can’t drink all day

    a quart bottle of bud is pretty easy to conceal and consume in large lecture halls

    even the red and black crossword gets a little tricky after a couple of quarts of bud”

    All good things for your patients to know about your background too.

  15. StevePerkins says:

    If you want to apply the nanny-state “harmful substances” argument, then we might as well follow New York City’s lead and outlaw trans fat in restaurants as well. Unhealthy food and obesity destroy far more lives and incur far more costs on society than alcohol does.

    For that matter, a glass or two of wine every day has been demonstrated to provide health BENEFITS… “alcohol” isn’t destructive, “drinking alcohol until the point of being drunk” is destructive.

    I don’t mind the argument that some people hate alcohol, be it for religious reasons or any other reasons. Just be consistent… either argue for an outright ban or don’t. The notion that it’s wrong to have a beer in the privacy of your home while watching a football game, but acceptable to go to a restaurant or sporting event and drinking alcohol before getting on the road to drive back home, is just patently silly.

  16. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Meden Agan…Moderation. It is a nearly universal virtue.

    Sounds like you have been reading Liberal Fascism too much there, Steve.

  17. jsm says:

    Bill, I’m against sin!

    Me, too. I just don’t think the government should legislate against it or regulate it.

    Government cannot do the Church’s job.

  18. StevePerkins says:

    Never heard of that book, Goldwater Conservative. However, I don’t pretend that any of the arguments being made here are new ones… this issue’s been beat to death, which makes it all the more embarrassing for Georgia to still lag behind everyone else.

  19. dragonfire says:

    “I think we should all have a beer or glaas of wine and talk about this.”

    Looks like you’ve already started… and to think you didn’t wait for me. I’m hurt.

  20. Demonbeck says:

    LOL at Bill Simon referencing Jesus to make his point on a political blog.

    Does that mean if we get Sunday sales, you’ll convert?

  21. Bill Simon says:

    (Sigh…)

    Demonbeck, I’ve never denied that Jesus existed, or that he was Jewish.

    Here are the facts:

    – Jesus lived.
    – Jesus did drink alcoholic wine.
    – Harry considers Jesus to be the Son of God.

    Therefore, if the entity that Harry believes is God, and God consumed alcohol [likely in moderation], THEN Harry should have no problem with the consumption of alcohol by mortals.

    Cogito, ergo sum.

  22. Demonbeck says:

    I can only imagine a Catholic Bill Simon – he’d become a 21st century Martin Luther about five minutes into his first mass.

  23. Shakin the bush boss says:

    Georgia is the last state in the South that doesn’t allow the people at least the opportunity to vote. (Even Utah allows local decisions) The Lt. Gov’s office said that they haven’t heard from anyone on the issue.

    http://www.votesundaysales.com

    Its a chance to be heard.

  24. John Konop says:

    How many Chinese people would it take to eat rat bastard?

    GUANGZHOU, China — The Cantonese people of south China are legendary for eating anything that moves — and some things that are still moving. The food market here features cats, raccoons, owls, doves and snakes along with bear and tiger’s paw, dried deer penis and decomposed monkey skeletons.

    Now, this rich culinary tradition, along with rising disposable income in this most prosperous city in China, has inspired kitchen utensil salesman Zhang Guoxun to open what is believed to be China’s first restaurant dedicated to serving rat.

    That’s right: Rat. Rat with Chestnut and Duck. Lemon Deep Fried Rat. Satayed Rat Slices with Vermicelli. In fact, the menu lists 30 different rat dishes, even including Liquored Rat Flambe, along with more mundane dishes such as Hot Pepper Silkworm, Raccoon With Winter Melon and Sliced Snake and Celery. And in the six months since the doors opened, customers have been scampering in at all hours to the euphemistically named Jialu (Superior to Deer) Restaurant.

    “I was always eating out, but I got bored with the animals that restaurants offered,” Mr. Zhang says during an interview over a plate of BlackBean Rat. “I wanted to open a restaurant with an affordable exotic animal. Then I was walking home one night and a rat ran across in front of me and gave me this idea.”

    http://tafkac.org/food/chinese_restaurant_rats_etc.html

  25. bowersville says:

    Sunday sales is dead. So much for the GOPs belief in individual responsibility.

    Next thing you know they’ll try to tax cigarettes an extra dollar for health care. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, that’s already been proposed.

    Why don’t they do something logical and let me decide whether or not I want to buy a beer on Sunday?

    Or better yet, if the GOP wants a sin tax, why doesn’t the GOP allow the sinners to fund those without health care insurance with a health care lottery? After all it’s for the children.

  26. Lorie says:

    Do certain sins cost more? And do we go by the biblical 10 commandments or the moral majority or the law? And please do not let the ethics committee be anywhere near this one.

  27. Goldwater Conservative says:

    My favorite “for the children” sin tax has been on gambling.

    We tax the statistically challenged (poor morons who play the lottery rather than working harder) to pay for higher education.

    It’s a Mad Mad World.

  28. bowersville says:

    It’s the poor morons that don’t have have healthcare insurance, (or higher education) so why not let them pay a sin tax with a healthcare lottery?

    It is a mad mad world, after all the sin tax healthcare lottery is for childrens’ health.

    Disclaimer: this is a pun and not my sentiment.

  29. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Oh, Man….I have a hang over. I better go out to buy some breakfast, tylenol and more alcohol. To stimulate the economy and prove that alcohol is better for this country than Harry and the rest of the prohibitionists believe.

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