Roy Barnes said he’d sign bill to permit Sunday sales of alcohol in grocery stores

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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108 comments Add your comment

HDB

January 27th, 2010
11:46 am

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!

AH

January 27th, 2010
11:48 am

I suggest we get Old Roy a dictionary. He needs to look up pandering and dignity.

Road Scholar

January 27th, 2010
11:56 am

AH: while you are at it look up visionary and competence…something missing the last 8 years!

about time

January 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

Before you cast your vote for Oxendine, remember, he said that he would not allow a vote on this issue.

RGB

January 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

Sunday liquor sales = competence

Who’da thunk it?

Cutty

January 27th, 2010
12:22 pm

Finally, someone who shows common sense on the issue. Just because Sunny and his ilk don’t drink, that shouldn’t mean that I can’t grab a six pack on Sunday. Besides, they let restaurants and sports venues serve on Sunday, so those who claim to still be in favor of this blue law are hypocrites.

Don D

January 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

This doesn’t put Georgia at the vanguard on this issue, we are maybe one of three states that doesn’t allow Sunday sales. We need to enter the 21st century. But let’s be real, the liquor distributors in our state don’t want this, and they tell the Governor what to do, they don’t ask.

Ric Spratlin

January 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

Will ole Roy let the flag issue be a local issue to? I smell a rat!!!

ERC

January 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

Thank goodness someone is using good sense on this. If we can go to a bar or restaurant on Sundays, then drive home, we certainly ought to be able to buy a six-pack or bottle of wine to consume at home. And for those liquor store owners who oppose it because they don’t want to open on Sundays, fine! Chick Fil A does just fine with no Sunday sales so don’t worry about it.

AH

January 27th, 2010
12:34 pm

Get ready to bang your heads against the wall for the next 4 years on this issue.

Probably 90% of the state would support completely eliminating this asinine restriction, the second someone makes it political you kill it for the next two election cycles. Barnes just wanted to capitalize on an issue that shouldn’t be an issue. Now who ever opposes him will have to take the opposite side. And if he should win the governorship then the legislation will take that up opposition, just because they would see it as a potential campaign issue for them in the next cycle. That is why Barnes is a pandering jacka$$ for bringing it up like this. He wants to grab about 5% of the vote on an issue he knows will never be passed if it is brought up in the election cycle.

AH

January 27th, 2010
12:37 pm

PS
ERC is right about
“And for those liquor store owners who oppose it because they don’t want to open on Sundays, fine! Chick Fil A does just fine with no Sunday sales so don’t worry about it.”

But when your in business you don’t volunteer to take a risk you don’t have to when the best you can hope for is to break even.

Rule .303

January 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

Wrong Answer! The right answer would have been, “I will actively push Sunday-sale legislation through the General Assembly until it passes both chambers.”

You guys who support Sunday sales are all fooling yourselves about any candidate who claims to “sign it if it passes.”

What’s the sense in saying that you’ll sign the legislation if you already know that the General Assembly is too scared to take up the issue in the first place.

Dj Sniper

January 27th, 2010
12:51 pm

At least Barnes is willing to let the people vote on the issue. This is the opposite of Perdue, who seems to think that everybody else should follow his beliefs. If the people vote no, then that’s what they vote. Bottom line: let the people decide. To some people, this subject may seem trivial, but if we can get it changed, it will be a small step towards moving Georgia forwards instead of backwards.

Now sit back and watch the religious nutjobs come out of the woodwork and condemn Roy Barnes to hell.

Don D

January 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

I am afraid Rule .303 may be right. I guess I can promise to “sexually satisfy Charlize Theron if she shows up at my house one day” or like when Jerry Glanville, Falcon’s coach used to leave two tickets for Elvis at all the Falcon’s games. Less than zero chance of either of those happening.
The least they can do is allow individual counties and cities to vote whether they want it or not. How is that not fair ?

Steven M

January 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

I have decided to run for governor with a strong stance on only two issues. We need to pay our teachers more and I will make sure we are allowed to purchase alcohol on Sunday! Who will vote for me!

DW

January 27th, 2010
1:26 pm

“Let the people decide.” How can you argue against that? Yet another reason to vote Roy Barnes back in!

Cutty

January 27th, 2010
1:31 pm

Are you better off now than you were 7 years ago?

AW

January 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

About friggin time!!! He’s got my vote!!!

Lisa

January 27th, 2010
1:38 pm

Good ole pandering Roy Barnes. This guy will say what to get re-elected. However, if you review his track record closely one would realize he is a wolf in sheeps clothing!

td

January 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

Dj Sniper, Let us put the issue up for a vote on a state wide basis. I wonder if it would pass? Barnes did more at taking local control away then any other Governor is the states history and now he is talking about local control. I think I will have to call BS on him.

Steven M

January 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

They all sucks! Vote for me!

Doh!

January 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

@ Lisa- So what is Sonny and the rest of the ‘local control’ republican party? They’re all about local control until they get in power. What have they done of any significance in their term as the majority?

SOUTHERN ATL

January 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

…..and Roy Barnes can win too!!!

Georgia Whig Party member

January 27th, 2010
1:58 pm

Didn’t Roy have a few years to actually do everything he is campaigning to do now? Its kind of weird to think we should give a guy another chance when he kind of already had his…Can’t say I am that intrigued by the republicans either, but something just sounds funny when a politican claims he will do something when he has already had a chance and didn’t. Couldn’t agree more with Doh!. And so I am voting for Steven M, whoever he is.

E-Roll

January 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

Actually this measure was scheduled to pass the commitee that it was in two years ago when ol’ Sonny came out and said that he would veto any bill that allowed for local referemdums on Sunday alcohol sales. After Sonny’s quotes made the round, none of the guys under the Gold Dome would stick their necks out for a bill that was sure to be killed by veto.

FINALLY!!!

January 27th, 2010
2:23 pm

IT’S ABOUT TIME THEY SELL ALCOHOL IN GEORGIA ON SUNDAYS!!!!

ATL

January 27th, 2010
2:28 pm

ok here we go again, roy will say anything to our votes, and guess what you all are going to jump all over it…………………because its alcohol on sunday.

ATL

January 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

Enter your comments here

Rob Vinson

January 27th, 2010
2:30 pm

SOLD!!! Old Roy’s got my vote…now if he had just let people vote on the flag last time around instead of changing the state flag to what looks like a Denny’s placemat…

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
2:48 pm

This is a winning issue for any politician ,polls show that 75% of people state wide support sunday sales

TLH

January 27th, 2010
2:50 pm

Does anybody know the opposition’s thoughts on this matter?

I think it should be up to the people to vote on the matter. The job of the politicians should be to give citizens their due rights. People that don’t want a referendum are really irritating. What right do they have to suppress other citizens of personal choices?

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
2:56 pm

looks like we have a anti business temperance judge in Snellville.

TLH

January 27th, 2010
3:00 pm

Ok, I found this:

“I am proud to join hands with them and thousands of other Faith leaders and lay people all across Georgia of so many denominations who have taken a strong stand against Sunday sales in Georgia,” Oxendine said

Looks like Oxendine will no have my vote!

Rule .303

January 27th, 2010
3:05 pm

If it’s a Christian issue, why not just amend the law to allow ONLY NON-Christains the ability to purchase alcohol on Sundays ;)

Captain Midnight

January 27th, 2010
3:06 pm

Pander away to the rednecks King Roy, we might just drink away the memory of you stealing our flag. You’re all about lettin the little guy decide things now huh? ‘We ain’t fergettin’.

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

“I am proud to join hands with them and thousands of other Faith leaders and lay people all across Georgia of so many denominations who have taken a strong stand against Sunday sales in Georgia,” Oxendine said

doh! another lost vote.

Doh!

January 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

Captain Midnight- So you fry Roy and let ol’ Sonny off the hook. Wasn’t he gonna let you vote to change the flag back?

Captain Midnight

January 27th, 2010
3:19 pm

I’m sorry, who changed the flag again? You don’t blame the guy who didn’t clean up the mess, you blame the guy who MADE it. At LEAST Sonny got us the original Confederate flag back. If it was up to King Roy, we’d still be saluting that lame a$$ “Georgias history” Denny’s mat.

Doh!

January 27th, 2010
3:34 pm

I blamed the guy who didn’t clean up the mess if he made that a campaign pledge, and instead gave you that candy cane you call ‘the original’.

Pedro

January 27th, 2010
3:39 pm

Captain Midnight, your not missing the flag, it’s waiving at your Klan meetings weekly.

TLH

January 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

Sonny Perdue won the governership by saying he would put the “real” Georgia Flag up for a vote via referendum. He got us the referendum, but guess what? The Georgia flag was not in the list. So I blame both Barns and Purdue for the flag issue. What we have here in Georgia are republicans acting like democrats and democrats acting like idiots.

Roy is a Crook

January 27th, 2010
4:05 pm

Roy is as crooked as he is FAT.

Vote for Pedro!

January 27th, 2010
4:07 pm

Enter your comments here

TLH

January 27th, 2010
4:13 pm

Ok, I sent Oxendine an email and asked him what his current stance on the Sundays sales issue was. I explained that I would not be supporting him for governor if he is against it. Are there any other good candiates out there? I really don’t wan to vote for Barnes either.

Dj Sniper

January 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

TD, I had just moved to Georgia right at the end of Barnes’s last term, and I wasn’t all that familiar with Georgia politics then. I’ve started to follow things more closely ast of late, so I’m definitely interested in the 2010 gubernatorial race. I know one thing thought: Oxendine will not get my vote, and it’s not just because of his stance on Sunday sales either.

TLH

January 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

RJ

January 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

Perhaps the mom and pops like having their Sundays off, but as many have stated in this forum, it’s time for this state to join the new century. Georgia has the potential to grow by abandoning the racist Confederate flag issue, investing in education and transportation, and allowing unlimited stem cell research. The Religious Wrong needs to get out of politics and stay where they belong — in their houses of worship. This can be achieved through a combination of 1-cent sales taxes and fair taxation in our income tax statements and the ad velorum tax. We need to make these investments.

Captain Midnight

January 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

Hey Pedro, google ‘Klan ralley’ and see how many more American flags you see than Confederate flags amigo. The “Confederate flag is racist” arguement is dead. 100,000 Blacks fought for the Confederacy and that flag belongs to their ancestors as much as it does to me. Crack a history book when you’re done illegally pickin onions amigo.

Roy is a Crook

January 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

Yeah AH, Roy needs to look up “obese” and “crooked” too.

Bill Orvis White

January 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

This RJ fella is the worst that human beings can come in. I was on the drink and drugs when I was a young man here in Mississippi. I got so bad that I threw my 150 in a ditch while drinking whiskey. Jesus guided me out of the wreckage and from that time forward I dedicated myself to the Lord Almighty. Banning the drink on Sundays is the right thing to do. If I had it my way, I would ban it everyday. RJ, you are Godless-pure and simple. Your good state will get jobs if you cut taxe$ and regulation! Your far left liberal ways are shown here in this blog when you say that you want to raise taxe$ on the good people of Georgia. You’re wrong-pure and simple!