Marietta rules Roy Barnes can keep his cows

Four months after Republicans complained, and three months after his bid to return to the Governor’s Mansion was crushed, Roy Barnes has been cleared of the stigma of keeping his cows too close to the Marietta Square.

From this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:

The cows Roy Barnes keeps in a pasture by his Victorian-style home off Whitlock Avenue can stay, Mayor Steve Tumlin said Wednesday.

During Barnes’ campaign for governor, a number of calls came into City Hall inquiring about the legality of the cows, city attorney Doug Haynie said.

Livestock may be kept in the city if the property owner has at least five acres and the property is zoned R-1. Haynie said Barnes had enough property, but it was zoned R-4. Barnes’ cows are grandfathered in, however, because he kept livestock on the property without a six-month lapse since purchasing the property in 2008, before which former owner the late Dr. Charles Henderson kept horses there.

“I’m glad the weighty matters of state at the city of Marietta have finally ground to a correct decision,” Barnes said. “The irony of it is they’re off visiting the bulls right now.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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26 comments Add your comment


February 18th, 2011
10:35 am


The Ghost of Lester Maddox

February 18th, 2011
10:47 am

Hell, given the price of gas, shouldn’t we be letting the cows graze on our public lands and save the price of gas for mowers (and fertilizer)?

Last Man Standing

February 18th, 2011
10:55 am

I don’t like Barnes and never voted for him, but there is a limit to everything. Those cows have done nothing to me and they pose no future threat. Lay off the cows!


February 18th, 2011
10:55 am

I’m glad Mr. Barnes has retained his sense of humor; you have to have a good sense of humor to deal with most Republicans. Mores the pity.


February 18th, 2011
11:07 am

Barnes has always had a good sense of humor and a sarcastic wit, when not tempered with a good spirit seem more mean than genial. People in Georgia eventually saw through the act to the man beneath.

btw…don’t care about the cows.


February 18th, 2011
11:12 am


February 18th, 2011
11:13 am

Lum – How’s that “HOPE & CHANGE” thing working for you? You probably think Obama is still The Massiah. The problem with Democrats is they can’t argue on pricipal alone. It’s always rhetoric and spin…. GO GREEN!!! NOT


February 18th, 2011
11:13 am

Why did the Republicans complain? Aren’t they in favor of keeping gubmint OUT of people’s lives (and yards?) Or is that just empty rhetoric?

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February 18th, 2011
11:58 am

If he does not have the cows on his property now, for whatever reason, their residence is not continous and he has lost the ability to have them grand-cowed in!

Eat Mor Chikin

February 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

First cows are allowed, and then they impose Sharia law.

It’s a slippery slope people, covered with cow excrement, so I pray that the Georgia legislature will pass legislation banning these criminal cows that live under our very noses. Not ONE of them speaks English, and NONE of them even has a birth certificate.

Here are these foreigners, freeloading on American soil while plotting to impose their theocracy on all of us. Wake up America, before it’s too late.


February 18th, 2011
12:12 pm

And Republicans can’t and do not come up with any ideas. Obama has some good idea but GOP wants to defend corporate America.These coporations are the ones that layoff Americans and send jobs overseas and the GOP just wants to give them a tax break!


February 18th, 2011
12:30 pm

No one wants to be Messiah. If people treated Obama like one, it was because Bush brought America to Hell – two wars and a financial mess! While Obama is trying to ride out the storm, the Republicans are trying to dismantle the roof to save money! If the Republicans are serious about getting the country to prosperity, please fix the problem that we do not have low wage workers to pick our fruits and we also do not have enough high end technical folks from local universities to build a high tech industries.

Poke 'em with a stick.

February 18th, 2011
12:46 pm

GaBlue – “Aren’t they in favor of keeping gubmint OUT of people’s lives (and yards?) Or is that just empty rhetoric?”

That was sarcasm, right? A Rhetorical question, if you will?

Alabama Communist

February 18th, 2011
12:49 pm

Things must be really slow in Marietta if you want promote Roy’s cows being service by Republican Bulls at a unknown Dick Cheney Bunker location


February 18th, 2011
1:00 pm

Roy’s been living with a cow for years – anyone seen May-ree lately?

General Sherman

February 18th, 2011
1:06 pm

What a political joke. Make up laws as you to suit the individual,what a f—— joke!


February 18th, 2011
1:19 pm

Some people would bitch if you hung them with a new rope.

Mary Ann

February 18th, 2011
1:32 pm

Double standard is alive and well. All depends on ‘who you know’. Connections is all you need to do as you please!!!


February 18th, 2011
1:41 pm

Typical idiotic government intrusion. The nation is deep in debt, our kids are not getting good educations, there isn’t a cohesive immigration policy, underemployment is at 20 percent, and half the nation mooches off the productive half, yet time and energy is being wasted on cows grazing on five acres of land. I usually vote republican (not always), but the republican snitches who started this mess need to pull their heads out of their rear ends and pay attention to the real issues that we face. Pathetic.

Curious George

February 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

I don’t give a rat’s p-tooty about blaming anybody from the past about how we got to where we are today. Now….the current leadership has to figure out how we can move forward and get out of debt.


February 18th, 2011
2:19 pm

Finally! I can get some sleep. This has been keeping me up night after night…..



February 18th, 2011
2:22 pm

Can Roy open a Sunday Sales liquor store on his property too? Please?


February 18th, 2011
2:44 pm

I will rest easy now.

Barnes Rules

February 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

Barnes does what he wants when he wants in cobb county. Everyone in city and county government is terrified of him and goldstein–who run everything.