Walking around the state Capitol this morning, I ran into a lobbyist who said that former Gov. Roy Barnes, running to reclaim his old job, had put out the word that – if the Legislature were to pass a bill to permit the Sunday sales of beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores – he’d sign it.
Barnes himself just confirmed it:
“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.”
The governor said hard times have increased acceptance. “Of course, I’m a Methodist, so we even speak to each other in liquor stores,” he quipped. “There may be some parts of the state that say, ‘We don’t want no part of this.’ But in other places, it’s part of their economic fiber.”
Barnes is one of several candidates for governor, both Republican and Democrat, who is to speak at a small-business forum here at noon. So expect more to come on the topic from his rivals.
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