Rally in support of Sunday sales

February 21, 2011 16:52 pm

by Jason · 32 comments

Georgians for Sunday Sales will host non-partisan rally at the state capitol on Wednesday, February 23rd at noon to urge action on SB 10, which would allow for counties and communities to decide for themselves if alcohol should be sold on Sundays.

You can find more information on the event on Facebook.

ACCmoderate February 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Will alcohol be served?

drjay February 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

good grief, social networking has quite possibly sparked democracy in te middle east, gov’ts are falling and people are puting their life on the line for freedom, but we are gonna start a rally with FB because, you know, there’s one day of the week when we can’t buy beer…

Tiberius February 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

There is enough bandwith for both.

David Staples February 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

drjay – you may not be aware, but FB events are good for all sorts of things… even backyard bbq’s, birthday parties, etc. We’re simply making use of all the various tools available to us to try and get this thing passed. We’d be stupid not to.

seenbetrdayz February 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I’d wager the Middle East’s situation started with a guy who said the people couldn’t drink alcohol on a certain day, and went things downhill from there.

We’re just lagging is all.

Stop the weeds before they spread and all that.

seenbetrdayz February 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Out comes my inner Yoda,

things went*

LoyaltyIsMyHonor February 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Drjay, have you ever been to the Capitol? There are demonstrations, protests, and events there nearly every day during session. And they’re not uncommon during the interim. And guess what, sometimes word spreads via social network.

I’m sorry that this state doesn’t have the upheaval that Egypt and Libya are experiencing, but when that time comes, I’ll friend you on Facebook as quickly as possible ;)

drjay February 22, 2011 at 8:32 am

i have not been to the capitol while it’s in session since i was in middle school, i suppose protests about town are probably the nature of a ledge in session, this one just strikes me as funny, maybe because it’s a “simple” concept is why everyone’s dander is so up, but it seems to me that a disproportionate amount of handwringing has gone on over what is in the grand scheme of things a relatively unimportant issue, and it just struck me as a funny juxtaposition that the revolution is being tweeted in libya, while back in ga FB group is planning a protest in favor of sunday sales…i support sb 10, have told my senator as much, but it’s not a hill i would die on…

LoyaltyIsMyHonor February 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

I understand what you’re saying, but just because there are more pressing issues doesn’t mean we drop everything else. Plus the people on this blog follow politics/government very closely — that can’t be said for the average person. I think that this is one of those issues that easy for the everyday person to understand and impacts nearly every drinker. Too bad no one was paying attention to SB 31 2 years ago.

Parrott65 February 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

drjay, to some of us, we couldn’t care less what is going on in Libya. To some of us, we’d prefer to stay out of other people’s business and focus on what is going on at home. So, yeah, our freedom to make choices so that rattlesnake swinging nutjobs will stay out of our private lives is a very important thing.

bowersville February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I’ll be there.

Otis Campbell, Mayberry, GA

Howard Roark February 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm

You owe me a new computer keyboard for that one. My is covered with drink now.

GCSULib February 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

+10

Brenda February 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

drjay,
You are absolutely right there are more important issues. That is why a YES vote on SB 10 and HB 69 should be done immediately so that the people in the 159 counties and 535 cities can make the decision on whether local Sunday sales is economically feasible for them.

View from Brookhaven February 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’d expect that once the legislature moves on to tougher issues, some people will show up to protest those too.

Until then, you do the best with what you’ve got.

chefdavid February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I will be there in spirit. Interesting how we have not heard from any of the GOP party candiddates on how they feel on the issue. I mean GA GOP Chair, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice etc.

CobbGOPer February 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

Meh, they’re not legislators. Why wander into a fight when you don’t have to?

KD_fiscal conservative February 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Has someone complied a list of who is for and against this bill? It seems like none of these guys want to take a stand and keep blaming procedural issues. This will be very important come next election.

David Staples February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I believe Jeff Sexton already has that list… he’s not online right now, so I’m going to be checking with him in the morning, but hopefully by the rally tomorrow we’ll have a full list of Senators and their status put together and make it public via Google Docs as a shared document for anyone that’s interested. My understanding is that we need 50% +1 for this thing to pass the GA Senate… that’s 29 Senators.

In the Yeas, we currently have Chip Rogers, Steve Henson, Butch Miller (though he said he’s not actively pushing it), Curt Thompson and Steve Thompson. That’s 5. Surely there’s 24 more Senators who support this thing…

Charlie February 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

We discussed doing this here at Peach Pundit. Here’s the problem I expect you’ll encounter.

There are some Senators for this, and some against.

Most, don’t have a public position. There’s a variety of reasons for that, many of them justify some cynicism, but now that the caucus has decided against a vote, I doubt you’ll get many to go on record. You can always list as “refused to answer”, but most will give a “on one hand, but on the other hand” non-response. There’s a lot of political value of being on both sides of the issue, and most “undecideds” would rather take a little heat for being non-responsive than to give up the various leverages they can extract from remaining so.

Daniel N. Adams February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Exactly Charlie,
This is exactly why there needs to be a vote at a minimum… we need these two faced b**tards on the record :-) .

Jeff February 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

I’m back up for a few min. I do NOT have a list of the particular positions on this issue. The Google Doc I am still working on is a list of current cash on hand as well as electoral history over the past decade.

If anyone would like to help with that research, here is the doc.

OTOH, Charlie is correct re: Senators’ positions. Until we can get some actual LEADERSHIP from the “leaders” of either chamber, particularly the Senate, there is no conclusive way to know either way, and most will play both sides of the fence.

For any legislator reading this, might I suggest one way to at least give a strong indication of your support would be to show up at Weds’ rally in support of this measure, at Noon on the Capitol Steps? I’ll have many sources there (including some obvious and many not-so-obvious), and we’ll know pretty reliably who showed and who didn’t. If you don’t show, I’m personally going to assume you’re against Local Control, and I’ll direct what forces I have to contact you repeatedly until we can know conclusively which way you stand on this issue.

Harry February 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I wonder if liquor distributors, supermarkets, and convenience stores will give their employees time off to show up, or if they’ll just pay Georgia State students to hold signs.

David Staples February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

Unlike grumpy old men, I’d wager that most Georgia State students are in favor of SB 10 already… no need to pay them to hold signs. ;-)

Harry February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

Do have a thing about age? How old are you anyway?

David Staples February 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

I have nothing against age… I’m 30… but I find most of the people against Sunday alcohol sales (especially alcohol period) are older. It’s very rare that I talk to someone in the younger crowd that is anti-alcohol.

Harry February 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Are you making an argument here?

David Staples February 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I didn’t realize it was a debate… I was just stating a fact. Was I supposed to make an argument?

Harry February 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I’m just curious to see how many participants not having an economic interest will show up.

David Staples February 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’ll be there and I have no economic interest. I’d wager (if legally allowed… this is the Bible belt after all) that most people in favor of this bill don’t stand to gain anything financially other than fuel savings from the extra trip to the store.

John Vestal February 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

More corn grist for the still mill.

Politifact ways in on Sunday sales and tax revenues.

John Vestal February 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Did I really just type “ways” for “weighs”? Oh bother.

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