Category: Sunday Sales

Republican voters want Sunday sales vote

While Republicans in the legislature seem to be somewhat backing off their push for Sunday alcohol sales, a new poll shows that Republican voters want to vote on the issues:

Supporters of legislation allowing Georgians to vote on Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at stores released polls Friday suggesting Republican voters support the idea.

The Georgia Food Industry Association, which represents grocery stores, ran polls of likely Republican voters in five GOP state Senate districts across the state earlier this week.

They did so after the legislation appeared to stall again in state Senate, where Republican leaders have avoided a vote on the measure for several years. The poll’s aim was to counter claims from Republican Senate opponents of the legislation, who argue that GOP voters don’t want a Sunday sales vote.

The results in the poll of Republican primary voters, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, is broken down below by State Senate district.

Sunday Sales Bill Advances

The Senate Sunday Sales Bill sailed through committee today and may be voted on as early as the middle of next week. For those new to Georgia, or recently arrived from Mars, Georgia is one of three states remaining in this great nation that prohibit the sale of alcohol in stores on Sunday. But you can buy a drink at the restaurant next door. Go figure.

This is the first time the bill will make it to the floor for an actual vote.

Stay tuned and pass the popcorn.

Sunday Sales, HOPE and Numbered Lists

I posted something a while back detailing my thoughts on HOPE and the changes that may be coming to it over the course of the General Assembly’s session. From that I received a lot of feedback, some was good and some will never be spoken of again.

But through it all the wheels have not stopped turning and it is, quite frankly, an issue that is continuously on my mind. As one of the first in my immediate family to continue past high school, I owe a massive amount of thanks to HOPE. I also want to see it preserved for future generations in a way that is as close to possible to its original form and intent. But I’m also a realist. I realize that given the condition of the economy and the budget something will have to give one way or the other. It can’t continue on in this fashion and Governor Deal is right for preparing his budget in such a way that it has to be dealt with now, in my humble (what else would you expect) opinion. Furthermore, it’s our job as a website about Georgia politics to try to provide meaningful discussion and ideas regarding the issues at hand.

And then there’s SB 10, or the “Sunday Sales” bill.

As you all know, this particular version of allowing Sunday sales of alcohol would allow communities to decide for themselves whether or not they want to allow someone to have a beery while they also shop (or rest) on the Sabbath. Again, in my humble opinion, this is a great idea. Many in my neck of the woods may disagree but I think it needs to happen.

So, what does this have to do with HOPE? Read more

Georgians support Sunday alcohol sales

Here are the results of a new survey from InsiderAdvantage and Rosetta Stone Communications:

The addition of distilled liquor to legislation calling for local referendums to allow the Sunday sale of beer and wine has made the entire proposition more of a tenuous thing, according to an exclusive poll of Georgia voters conducted Wednesday night, Jan. 26 by InsiderAdvantage/Rosetta Stone Communications.

Fifty-two percent of Georgians favor allowing local referendums for the sale of beer, wine and liquor by cities and counties, while 40 percent oppose. Eight percent had no opinion.

The poll surveyed 456 registered voters across the state, for a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

The results are broken out by region as well. The greater Atlanta area was the only region to support the measure, by 66 percent to 23 percent.

North Georgia residents outside of greater Atlanta oppose the legislation 51 percent to 43 percent. Central Georgia voters oppose it 48 percent to 46 percent. South Georgia voters oppose it 63 percent to 31 percent.

Please visit to view crosstabs of this and other surveys after 5:30 today.

Roadshow EXTRA: Drinking Made Easy!

It’s my pleasure to introduce a SPECIAL EDITION of the PeachPundit roadshow series – A night of comedy at Center Stage with comedian Zane Lamprey!

Zane is a buddy of mine who is the host of the hilarious series “Three Sheets” – originally on the MojoHD channel, and recently on FLN and The Travel Channel. He travels around the world ‘studying’ local drinking customs, beverages, and hangover cures. Now he’s embarked on a nationwide standup tour and is currently filming a companion series about drinking customs, beverages, and hangover cures right here in the the States. Even better – after his gig here in Atlanta, he’s hanging around and filming for the show. Who knows, perhaps he might even have a chance to work some pundit-related humor in his act….

You will not regret joining Clayton, Icarus, Tyler, Jason, and other PeachPundit celebrities for a raucous night of comedy and fun. And, as a special treat, PeachPundit readers will get their first round on us! But be warned, you’ll have to prove you’re a loyal reader with the correct answers to some PP trivia!

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If You Cling To God With One Hand, And Your Gun With The Other, Better Have Someone Else Available To Pour.

One of the most memorable lines of the last Presidential campaign was that Republicans were bitter people clinging to God and guns.

Maybe we’re bitter because we can’t figure out where our alcohol is supposed to fit in this equation.

We can’t summon the strength to allow local voters to decide if community standards tolerate alcohol sold on Sunday.

Yet, with SB 308 nearing passage in the House, we’ll soon have the option to be, as Ron White would say, drunk in Pub-lik, with our trusty firearm strapped to our side.

So, alcohol at home on Sunday = bad.

Alcohol plus firearm at bar on Sunday = YOU CAN HAVE MY GUN WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD DRUNK HANDS!

I’ve really got to lower my expectations of logic from legislative actions during an election year.

I Love This Bar

We haven’t had decent Toby Keith reference in a while, so there’s your headline. But which bar?

Got an email from a friend who wants to know the best Republican watering hole in Atlanta for Republicans to hang out. He referenced the venerable Manuel’s Tavern as being the quintessential place to go for Democrats who want to embibe together, but asked if there was such a place in the ATL for Republicans.

I’m not aware of one.

Thus, with the General Assembly on retreat in Augusta this week, we have time to field the question. Is there one preferred place where Republicans like to hang together in good times and bad for a few rounds of the illegal to purchase on Sunday beverages?

Strong Support For Vote On Sunday Sales

Received via email. For more data on the poll visit

A new InsiderAdvantage/RosettaStone poll conducted on 3/30/2010 of 281 likely Georgia voters reveals wide support for allowing counties to permit Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at retail locations.

This survey question is different from the survey conducted in February, as it points out that restaurants and stadiums currently are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages on Sundays.

As expected, the highest level of support was among voters under 30. In that age range 94% of voters approve retail Sunday sales.

For full cross tabs on this survey, the previous survey on 2/10/2010 and others, please visit

What would be your opinion be of allowing the counties to vote on whether they allow retail sales of alcoholic beverages on Sundays as restaurants and stadiums currently are allowed?

Favor – 80%%
Oppose – 15%
No Opinion – 5%

Rosetta Stone Communications was founded in 1997 by Steve Schultz and John Garst and specializes in county, legislative and municipal races.
Media contact – John Garst 404-819-3041

New Poll On GOP Governor’s Primary And Sunday Sales

Received via email this morning.


A new InsiderAdvantage/RosettaStone poll conducted on 2/10/2010 of 580 likely Republican Primary voters reveals little change in the race for Governor. Notable differences include a small drop in support for Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and a small increase for former President Pro Temp of the Georgia State Senate, Eric Johnson.

A poll conducted on the same date regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays of 1,235 likely Georgia voters shows general election voters supporting Sunday sales by a 12 point margin. The survey of 580 Republican Primary voters shows a much more grim picture for the supporters of Sunday sales. Republican Primary voters are almost evenly divided on the subject of Sunday sales. With no clear mandate among Republican Primary voters, expect little movement on the issue of Sunday sales among a Republican dominated General Assembly.

Georgia Republican Primary Governor’s Primary

John Oxendine: 24.9%
Karen Handel: 9.6%
Nathan Deal: 9%
Eric Johnson: 6.9%
Austin Scott: 3.2%
Ray McBerry: 1.4%
Undecided/No opinion: 45%
Margin of error: 4%

Visit to view our Sunday sales survey as well as all crosstabs.

Overall, the race stays pretty much the same. Ox in front with Handel and Deal essentially tied for second and Johnson in 4th. However, it seems to me (compared to other polls we’ve posted here, here, here, and here) that the number of undecideds are rising. Oxendine has not solidified his status as frontrunner and none of the other candidates have made a move to challenge him.

Snellville Hasn’t Vacated Sunday Liquor Licenses.

The battle rages on.

SNELLVILLE — Sunday liquor licenses have not been vacated in Snellville, despite a judge’s ruling granting a permanent injunction barring the city from allowing Sunday pour licenses.

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said city leaders discussed Judge Mark Lewis’s decision in an executive session Thursday, but because a written order has not been delivered, he declined to discuss the impact.

“Once we get that, we’ll have a better idea of how to proceed,” Oberholtzer said.

Councilman Mike Sabbagh said later in the day Friday that City Manager Russell Treadway hand-delivered letters to the seven restaurants who were granted licenses before the matter went to court advising them to stop serving on Sundays.

On Wednesday, Lewis issued an order from the bench, saying the city “disenfranchised voters” by not holding a referendum on the issue. He said any licenses already issued should be voided.

Sabbagh said city leaders want to use the written order to decide whether to pursue an appeal or begin the pursuit of a referendum this summer.

Barnes Would Sign Sunday Sales

Yesterday, Jim Galloway at the AJC does a quick piece on Roy Barnes’ recent statements about Sunday sales:

“Yes. It ought to be a local decision. I believe in local control. It ought to be a local referendum, just like we do any of the others. I don’t know why we get cranked up about this, to be frank. That’s something that people ought to have to regulate themselves.”

Barnes goes as far as saying that he would sign the measure into law, given that the legislature acts to put it on his desk.

I’ve said it to many state politicians and I’ll say it here again: if there is one issue that seems to resonate with the average voter, it’s Sunday sales. I am aware of the sensitivity of the issue in many rural parts of the state, but the fact that we have put this issue on the table several times in the past few years, and cannot get it moved forward, is incredulous to vast majorities of the people that will be pushing the button for you in the Fall.

With politicians from President to dogcatcher trying to claim the populist crown, it’s a smart move on Barnes’ part to reclaim his seat.