Sunday sales supporters gear up for Wednesday rally

The stakes can’t be compared with those, say, in north Africa, but supporters of Sunday package sales of alcohol are attempting to foment their own Facebook revolution.

They’re attempting fill the front steps of the state Capitol at noon Wednesday, to voice their disappointment in a decision by Senate Republicans to deep-six SB 10 on a private vote of their caucus.

The effort is being coordinated on the Georgians for Sunday Sales fan page on Facebook.

Jamie Dempsey, one of the organizers, said no groups – i.e., grocery retailers or business groups – are behind the rally. But Dempsey does bring some expertise to the issue.

He is the owner of a small Gwinnett County public relations firm and president of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce. Dempsey organized turnout for last summer’s passage of the Snellville referendum that allowed restaurants in that city to serve alcohol on Sunday.

“The issue in and of itself is not alcohol. The issue is more who is calling the shots when it comes to business,” Dempsey said.

State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, D-Decatur, is another one of the organizers, as evidenced by the press release:

Moreover, shopping patterns have changed in Georgia. Sunday is now the highest volume shopping day in many areas throughout Georgia.

Yet customers who enter a retail store on Sunday are prohibited from purchasing alcohol. “As a busy mom, Sundays are the best days for me to do my family’s grocery shopping since our Saturdays are filled with soccer games, birthday parties, and other family activities.

Yet, I have to make a separate trip to buy a bottle of wine,” says Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, a state representative from Decatur and mother of two.

The Capitol steps will be a busy place Wednesday. Union workers are to assemble at the same location at 4 p.m., in a show of solidarity for public employees in Wisconsin.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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74 comments Add your comment

Buzzfan®

February 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

David Shafer and Judson Hill will, no doubt, be “unavoidably detained”.

SpaceyG on Twitter

February 21st, 2011
4:03 pm

*bleh* If they ain’t got ‘em no tank or no fighter jets at that Sunday Sales Facebook rally I ain’t going. I’ve been on Twitter for over 4-years now. We’re used to a BIG revo show around that e-ranch by now.

J.C.

February 21st, 2011
4:03 pm

For my sake, if you don’t like people having a good time, please don’t drag me into it.
I am so tired of my so-called followers invoking my name every time they want to take the moral high road. Just live and let live and be a good person and everything will work out. That’s all I ever really tried to teach anyone. It’s a shame how so many selfish people have twisted my teachings.
With losers like this Laquire character on Earth, I doubt I’ll ever want to come back.
- J.C.

DW

February 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

At lease somebody is stepping up to these backwoods, redneck morons that sh~t themselves everytime the christian coalition calls.

GaBlue

February 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

The Georgia Senate Republicans don’t give a rat’s fuzzy about rights. That citizens gather to protest this pandering to the Talibaptists (and whoever else paid them off to prevent people from voting on what happens in their own communities) will mean slightly less to them than their Neko crackers getting hung up in the Capitol vending machine.

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findog

February 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

Jim,
The only reason to not compare the stakes between the two has to do with the lack of possible physical harm these open government types in Georgia might face in standing up to the completely un-democratic methods the cowardly, if not felonious, state senate majority used to bypass an open vote of a measure that had cleared its assigned committee.

Drew

February 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

Looks like I’m getting arrested Wednesday

Jezel

February 21st, 2011
5:03 pm

The counties outside of metro Atlanta are calling the shots in about everything that goes on in the State House…primarily the counties in south Georgia. Will someone please explain how those counties with smaller populations and prisons as the major industry__control business in Atlanta…with 5.5 million people and several fortune 500 companies.

Jim Beam

February 21st, 2011
5:04 pm

What’s the big deal about Sunday package sales? There are at least 150 places to buy Sunday beer within a 28 mile radius of the Capital. Of course, you might pay a little more.

DW

February 21st, 2011
5:07 pm

@JEZEL Thank the good ol’ christian coalition

Jezel

February 21st, 2011
5:21 pm

Picnic in the grass…bottle in the weeds…as long a you don’t see it …it is not there. AND, if it is in the kitchen cabinet in a paper bag,,,it’s ok. Ok for me to drink_ but no one else can drink. Cause i can handle mine. Got you DW. Sickening huh?

DW

February 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Disgusting if you ask me. Downright scary the way the bill disappeard in the “republican caucus” if you ask me. NO WAY thats legal. Basically 17 republicans decide what will get voted in this backwards state?? Seriously?

beachwriter

February 21st, 2011
5:30 pm

For the bazillionth time, it is NO ONE’S BUSINESS when or where I buy a LEGAL product. ALLOWING alcohol sales on Sunday does not equal REQUIRING such sales. And this whole business of some liquor store owners opposing the bill because they don’t want to have to open their stores on Sunday to compete doesn’t make any sense at all….SB10 only refers to beer and wine sales, and who buys their beer and wine at a liquor store? So for what reason would allowing beer and wine sales on Sunday require LIQUOR stores to be open????

janet

February 21st, 2011
5:31 pm

Perhaps Metro Atlanta should consider seceeding from the State of Georgia? I already tell people that I live in the state of Atlanta. Half the population of the state lives in metro the rest is scattered in the hollows and fields of the state. They contribute very little to the economy. The corn they grow is heavily subsidized by the government they hate so much. There is a reason this Red state receives more from the Federal Government than it sends to D.C. and that reason is the State of Georgia not the State of Atlanta. Maybe we can prohibit the sale of “Sweet Tea” all the time since we are in the diabetes belt and we know that diabetes kills more people of all ages than alcohol does.

DW

February 21st, 2011
5:33 pm

@beachwriter AND they wouldnt even have to open until 12:30pm because GOD FORBID if someone was out buying beer during church going hours! The whole world might come to an end.. idiots

Jezel

February 21st, 2011
5:34 pm

Does anyone know who those 17 Republicans are? When it comes time to distribute the tax dollars maybe their districts should do without. Think they could explain that to their constituents. If you are against collecting sales taxes you must be against receiving the proceeds too.

DW

February 21st, 2011
5:37 pm

@JEZEL nope… thats why they all hid in their “caucus” to kill the bill. That way nobody can directly tell them what d0uchbags they are.

DJ Sniper

February 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

DW, you beat me to the punch. I want to know whose idea it was to call this caucus in the first place. Damn special interest groups (liquor store owner, Christian conservatives) have way too much influence when it comes to this issue.

Also, the whole part of the bill about not having the stores open until 12:30 is asinine as well. Do these people think that buying liquor during church hours is going to turn this place into Sodom and Gommorah?

I really wish I didn’t have to work so that I could attend this rally on Wednesday.

BOB FROM ACCOUNT TEMPS

February 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

sunday sales will not increase state tax revenues. the current six day sales money will only be spread over seven days. the mom and pop places will not sell on sunday because it will cost more to stay open than to be closed. so, stop all the pro and con jockeying and say it is for convenience and let it go.

DW

February 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

+1 DJ SNIPER.. i would be there too

the watchful eye

February 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

Sunday mornin sidewalks when a body feels alone
no alcohol to warm the soul
if only they sold it on Sunday
Sunday mornin comin down

Jack

February 21st, 2011
6:01 pm

This is exactly how the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot every time they get elected. It is so frustrating when those that you have supported do it over and over. The only people the Republicans have to fear is themselves. Do not ever, ever, ever let me hear you talk about freedom of choice or local rule. This is not about religion it is about freedom to live your life without the nanny state acting as if you cannot be trusted. Never again let me hear how bad the dems are you are no better.

Alabama Communist

February 21st, 2011
6:09 pm

More Breaking News on Protest Meeting Wed for Sunday Booze…The Capitol steps will be a busy place Wednesday. Union workers are to assemble at the same location at 4 p.m., in a show of solidarity for public employees in Wisconsin along with 2 million protesters from North Africa who are being flown in by Alaska Air Lines…Governor Nathan has said he will called out the Georgia Air Force and have the transport planes shot down should they enter Georgia Air Space..

Business Man

February 21st, 2011
6:29 pm

The “Republicans” that did this are all rino’s. Just old Democrats doing what they do best. The people are too stupid to be trusted to vote on this issue.

thirsty Duluthian

February 21st, 2011
6:38 pm

I emailed Shafer, my state senator, awhile back asking him very politely to support SB10 so that local voters can decide the Sunday sales issue. Arrogant little prick never answered me back.

jconservative

February 21st, 2011
6:41 pm

Another win for the Liberals who dislike people making decisions about their own life. Liberals like for the Government to make such decisions.

This mentality is why the USA is a today a Socialist country. Too many people like Big Government.

buckhead willie

February 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

I gave old Jerry a piece of my mind, and I was not kind…Jerry Luquire, that is, the head of the Georgia Christian Coalition. You can let him know what you think about his efforts at jerryluquire@aol.com.

buckhead willie

February 21st, 2011
7:05 pm

Don’t we all love the way Republicans are running the state? They all drink and party and look after their own, but when an old Talibaptist like Luquire buttonholes them, they quake in their boots and fold. Real courageous crowd at the Capitol! And really serious about freedom, I might add. Keep government off our backs unless the Baptists want government on our backs.

Thomas

February 21st, 2011
7:19 pm

I e-mailed my Senator about his vote behind closed doors, Yea or Nay, his answer was NOTHING…SILENCE!

Thomas

February 21st, 2011
7:21 pm

A letter to the editor right at election time will do the trick!

Jezel

February 21st, 2011
7:25 pm

jconservative. You need to take a course in logic and political theory. You seem to be confused.

Jezel

February 21st, 2011
7:30 pm

Bob it is not about convenience. It is about holding elected officials accountable to those who elect them. By killing this bill behind closed doors…they have broken a trust that was held with the people. That is a disturbing issue.

Greg

February 21st, 2011
7:33 pm

One party rule at its finest! Don’t drink beer, drink tea or kool aide.

buckhead willie

February 21st, 2011
7:46 pm

Greg, Mormons wouldn’t want you drinking that tea…sweet or not. Get the picture?

G-man

February 21st, 2011
8:06 pm

I hope there are thousands who show up and make it look like Tahrir Square.

On a related note, there are 178 members of the Georgia House of Representatives and 159 counties, so every one should have fair representation, right? Wrong. Those who represent more than one county will support their home county every time. Ask the good people of Murray County as one example. They have exactly NO representation in the state House or Senate, because their elected representatives will favor Whitfield County every time. How about we save some money and cut the number of representatives to 159, one from each county. That is far more fair that what’s now in place.

Jason

February 21st, 2011
8:49 pm

Yeah G-man, Murray County, with a population of just over 40,000 should have as much power as Gwinnett County with over 800,000 people. What makes each person from Murray equal to twenty from Gwinnett? Why don’t you petition the state to merge Murray into Whitfield, then you’d all be from the same county. Georgia has too many governments and too many political fiefdom as it is.

G-man

February 22nd, 2011
7:50 am

Yes, Jason it should. Each county should have one vote, as opposed to no representation at all. Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, etc. would still be able to throw their weight around. But, as it stands now, the counties divided by district lines whose representative is not from those counties get no representation at all. It’s patently unfair.

G-man

February 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

By the way, I’m not from Murray County. Some of us can think of others and not focus only on selfish interests. Are you from Gwinnett? Bet you are.

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

I don’t have the actual e-mails but I heard this on Boortz this morning. A guy named Kevin forwarded an e-mail exchange between he and Jerry Laquire(Sp) head of the Georgia Christian coalition.

In summary basically this guy sent Laquire and e-mail and said I don’t understand why your branch is making this an issue? I’m a christian myself and I don’t see why you’re opposed to this. I can only imagine what my non-christian friends are thinking when they see this from the outside. Can you explain to me why you’re so opposed to allowing Sunday alcohol sales?

Laquires response was basically this. “Maybe you should find some christian friends?”

No surprise here. Basically he can’t justify his position logically.

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
9:47 am

DJ Sniper

February 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

Preacherskid, my computer at work is being funny. What did Jerry Laquire say in that interview? I can only guess that he used a lot of religious rhetoric and was unable to come up with a logical answer as to why we shouldn’t buy alcohol on Sundays.

John K

February 22nd, 2011
10:06 am

So this is how small government republicans work?

DJ Sniper

February 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

I just shot off an e-mail to Jerry Luquire. If I do hear from him, I will make sure to post his reply here.

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

@DJ Sniper

Actually he avoided the religious argument or rather he didn’t have time to make that argument. Instead he tried to make an argument that allowing sales on Sunday would cause more alcohol related traffic fatalities.

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

Folks, I can’t stress this enough. If you haven’t already done this call you or e-mail your Senators. Ask them where they stand on SB10 and let them know you want them to support it. My Senator is John Wiles, I’ve written him several e-mails and also contacted him on Facebook. I recommend you do the same. Don’t let the small but loud radical voice drown out the rational voice of the reasonable majority.

Freedom lover

February 22nd, 2011
10:23 am

Why does this discussion always have to be about money? The government already get enough money, too much in fact.

Why can’t this discussion be about FREEDOM? You remember freedom don’t you? You can ask your grandpa or grandma. They might remember freedom. Don’t look in the history books. They have been wiped clean of that subject.

You either own your own body or the government does. You either have freedom or you don’t. You can’t be partially pregnant and you can’t be somewhat free.

Alcohol is a legal substance. It is legal to sell every other day of the week and frankly the current restrictions on those sales are too much. The liquor distribution monopoly in this state is as corrupt as it can be. Our legislators are owned by them and are doing this to protect their monopoly on sales. Time to send them packing along with all the legislators that don’t care about our freedom.

Preacherskid

February 22nd, 2011
10:24 am

@DJ Sniper

The way he said it was that Sunday is a special day here and he said something like your programming on Sunday is different than the other days, stores open later on Sundays or some not at all and well we’d like to see Sunday stay a special day.

So special replaces religious or the lords day or the Sabbath. Take your pick.