Kasim Reed on Sunday sales bill: ‘I’ll sign it today’

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this afternoon that he intends to sign the measure passed by City Council on Tuesday that would allow a November referendum on whether to permit the Sunday sale of alcohol in grocery and other retail outlets.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Said Reed:

“I’m going to sign it. What I’ve said all along regarding Sunday sales is that, though I am personally opposed to the measure, I’m going to respect the will of the Atlanta City Council.

“I have a great deal of respect for Council member Alex Wan. He is the author of this legislation that was passed overwhelmingly by council. I’m going to sign it today.”

The referendum will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, in conjunction with a vote to extend the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools, and fill a vacant seat on the city school board.

As one of you below has already noted, if large crowds are drawn to the polls for the Sunday sales issue — that may not bode well for an extension of the school sales tax (which also applies to the Fulton and DeKalb county systems).

Which wouldn’t break the hearts of those who support next year’s transportation sales tax.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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110 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Yes to Sunday sales.
No to the penny tax.

Tom

September 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

Poor Kasim. He’s going to burn in hell for eternity.

Left Atlanta for the Progessive Northeast

September 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

It’s about time to step out of the stone age and let adults buy alcohol if they want to on Sunday.

KEEPING IT REAL

September 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

BUD MADE KASIM WISER… KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FELLA…

Milfred Freedman

September 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

…and out come the alcoholics to tell us why we need alcohol sales on the Lord’s Day….

hell-bent

September 7th, 2011
2:19 pm

Uhm, YOUR lord’s day….as for the rest of us, we don’t believe in fairy tales.

About time

September 7th, 2011
2:19 pm

Henry County will be passing it in November. Atlanta needs to keep the sales local, so they will follow suit.

Obama's Mama

September 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

If you don’t like it, then don’t participate. Nobody is making you drink, you’ve ruined it for us for a long time–we finally get our day!

Charlie

September 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

Thank you! Damn religious freaks. I cant wait for the Sunday sales to pass. I’ll have to read up on the penny tax but Im sure that one is no vote for sure!!! Woohoo to liquor on Sunday!!

RJ's WIFE

September 7th, 2011
2:30 pm

NO TO SUNDAY SALE OF LIQUOR!!!!!!!! I VOTE NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

November 6, 2012

September 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

The referendum will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, in conjunction with a vote to extend the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools, and fill a vacant seat on the city school board.

Does this mean that all three issues will be contained in One Referendum? And if it does, Reed knows that the sales tax issue is unpopular and the whole referendum will probably be voted down, so the whole thing is just a publicity stunt.

Warren

September 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

Hey bible thumpers, even Jesus got crunked on wine. In fact, Jesus was such an alcoholic he turned water into wine to keep the party going with his all male 12 disciples, (yep, not a woman in site) so hush up!

Danny O

September 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

Warren

September 7th, 2011
2:36 pm

*sight I’m a little crunked myself!

rod

September 7th, 2011
2:36 pm

Prudes please do not drink on Sundays. It is YOUR Choice not to drink and we would like a Choice.

MervTheTerrible

September 7th, 2011
2:41 pm

Take that Christains! Not everyone should be subject to YOUR rules.

Ossie

September 7th, 2011
2:43 pm

I honestly do not get why sellilng alcohol on “lord’s day” is such a big deal. I let you go to church on this day without any bickering so why not let me go to the grocery store on Sunday, let me pick up a nice 12 pack of bud light and enjoy 1 of my 2 days off work while i watch some football. AMEN

Vote Yes On Sunday Sales

September 7th, 2011
2:46 pm

Every day is the Lord’s day. And if He were to show up my house, I would offer Him a drink just I do everyone else.

DW

September 7th, 2011
2:46 pm

It’s funny how some people like to crow about personal liberty unless it involves something they don’t like or want to do, and they want to impose that on others. Sunday alcohol sales should pass.

Steve D.

September 7th, 2011
2:50 pm

Dear RJ’s Wife: you only get ONE vote.

Steve D.

September 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

Um, “November 6, 2012″ just because it’s called a referendum does NOT mean it’s a package deal. Those three items are not even remotely related, so why would they require you to vote yes to all or no to all? The referendum just means they will appear on the same ballot, but as separate line items.

Judie

September 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

@MervTheTerrible – I heart you. Sunday is not the “lord’s” day. It is simply a day of the week. Also, if we can buy alcohol at restaurants on Sundays (benefiting restraunt owners financially) why shouldn’t we be able to buy it from a store ourselves? This law is stone-aged and I’m glad it’s finally going to be overturned. Sunday-funday! YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!

SW

September 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

The right wing Christian Crusaders don’t care near as much about this as the local, small business retailers that will be forced to compete with the big boxes for an extra day. Stop complaining about the wrong thing. Everyone is aware that it is the 21st century. Which means rules aren’t made because of church time and small businesses get killed by the guy with the money.

Progressive thoughts

September 7th, 2011
2:58 pm

When are people going to realize there Southern Baptist religious thoughts that were taught during slavery to control the slaves and those who didnt own slaves are no longer welcomed. Not even in the SOUTH!!! You don’t like it don’t buy alcohol on Sunday! These very people who oppose Sunday sales are the same people who take part in other activities on Sunday. Unmarried sex, infidelity, passing judgement on others etc….

Truett Cathy

September 7th, 2011
2:58 pm

You still can’t buy a chicken sandwich. Suckers.

Ignorant Comments

September 7th, 2011
3:00 pm

@Warren …obviously, you haven’t read the Bible. Jesus did turn water into wine. But he didn’t do it in front of his disciples. It was done at a wedding reception.. and it wasn’t a gay wedding. So, women were present.

As far as Sunday sales… I think they should pass it. Those who are opposed to drinking on Sunday, that’s your choice. You can continue to do so even after its legal to buy alcohol on Sunday. I don’t see what’s the big deal.

DavidAtlanta

September 7th, 2011
3:01 pm

Yes to Sunday Sales. NOOOOO to the APS sales tax!

ABC

September 7th, 2011
3:02 pm

You are not forced to buy it! If you don’t want to drink, then don’t. Why do you have to impose it on everyone else. And for the record, not every Christian is teetotaler. Some of us enjoy some beer and wine as well. It’s mostly the Baptists.

Thankful

September 7th, 2011
3:04 pm

Thank the lord for Sunday alcohol sales!

Relax

September 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

Enter your comments here

david

September 7th, 2011
3:06 pm

The baptists are some of the biggest drunks and party people.

EV

September 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

I’m a Christian. Sunday is the Lord’s Day, but show me in the Bible where it says that drink alcohol is a sin. Also, if you think alcohol should be banned on Sunday, then why can bars sell it, why can one choose to go to a strip club, why can one go on the internet and look at porn, why can one buy a porn magazine from a gas station.

I mean come on. Wake up! Read the Bible if you are a Christian. Wine was served at the Last Supper. It wasn’t grape juice. Peter (speaking to the crowd at the beginning of Acts) said that “These men have not had too much wine as you suppose.” The crowd thought they were drunk because they were speaking in tongues. Guess what? Grape juice doesn’t make you drunk. Alcohol does.

Alcohol should not be drank in excess, but for goodness sake’s Jesus would not have served it at the Last Supper if drinking alcohol was a sin. I need a beer now…

Yes, And, Why

September 7th, 2011
3:11 pm

Everyday should be the Lord’s day. Not just Sunday. And having/purchasing alcohol on Sunday is no different than Friday or Wednesday. Here is a solution, if you don’t want it, don’t buy it instead of trying to control the actions of others.

Evan

September 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

Jim- Assuming the measure passes, when would it go into effect? Would it just be the city of Atlanta? What’s the timetable for surrounding areas?

Balanced in Chamblee

September 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

You religious zealots who want to legislate others’ lives put a stink on all of us true Christians who passionately live the word but respect the right of others to buy their liquor when they please, and who understand that I’d rather have an alcoholic drinking at home rather than getting drunk at a bar, only to get in his car and endanger us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brk

September 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

yep to David, saw some of those baptists leaving the Ga Dome after Georgia’s loss yelling loud, having an alcohol jam

Browncoat

September 7th, 2011
3:14 pm

What did Jesus drink during the last supper? LOL

Balanced in Chamblee

September 7th, 2011
3:14 pm

here here, EV!

brk

September 7th, 2011
3:15 pm

also may I add, the revenue is needed & ppl go to restaurants & drink. this way just stay home, have an ADULT bev & watch the game, movie, etc —–

Goat God

September 7th, 2011
3:18 pm

The prophet Mohammed says the faithful should drink twice a day out of the leather boot of Christ. I encourage all of you to do as the prophet speaks. For the Lords day is not without the prophets consent. Let us drink. *hiccup*

DD

September 7th, 2011
3:20 pm

This country was build on the freedom to make choices- one of those choices is to have a drink or not to have a drink on a Sunday- who are you to tell me I cannot purchase something because its a Sunday. Just becuase you believe something doesn’t make it right to push it onto someone else. When this resolution passes in a landslide, do you tihnk the bible thumpers will realize how out numbered they really are? Georgia is one of only 3 states that does not allow Sunday sales-

Bobo

September 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

As well to all the bible thumpers, there is no “Lords Day”. If you look into history you’ll find that no one even knows the date Jesus was born, it all ties back to pagan lifestyles and traditions of that time period, winter solstice, etc. Nothing wrong with religion but lets keep it all in perspective guys, they are all just really good stories carried through time…trust me! 10,000 years ago they beleived in the god of the sun, 5000 year ago they believed in the gods of vitues, about 2000 year ago Jesus showed up…I wonder what we will believe in another 1000 years down the road? Gods of the internet? LoL :-) Peace, love and do things right…doesnt take god or religion for that message :-)

Hal

September 7th, 2011
3:22 pm

What I’ve never understood is that the state allows gambling on Sundays (The Lottery Twice a day?) but thought it was disrespectful to God to sell alcohol. Go figure.

EV

September 7th, 2011
3:22 pm

Everyone, it isn’t Bible thumping if it isn’t in the Bible. Not drinking on Sunday is not in the Bible, hence, it is not Bible thumping.

Terrell

September 7th, 2011
3:24 pm

Warren

If you’re going to be an idiot don’t mock what we believe. I stand firmly against the ruling but that’s my right. I’m not mocking you nor making fun of you so show some respect. If you’re going to reference biblical stories do so with class.

Browncoat

September 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

And the laws now discriminate against procrastinators… Unfair!!

Terrell

September 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

Bobo

Just because you can’t see it naturally doesn’t mean it’s not real.

Browncoat

September 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

Bobo, good work with that uga offense

bookie killer

September 7th, 2011
3:31 pm

speaking of gambling…someone needs to get to work on that issue as well.

Terrell

September 7th, 2011
3:32 pm

DD

You’re right, we shouldn’t push our beliefs on you but why can’t we make a stand for something? You’re pushing your beliefs on us by saying that it’s okay to drink. Where’s the outcry there? If I say something against you then you quickly jump to my faith and talk about how people like me force our faith on you? What if we didn’t say anything then what would be said? I’m not against you, I have no ill will towards you. If you want to drink then go ahead, but don’t think that I’m not going to oppose it. Being a Christian I have been taught how to tolerate those who may not believe what you believe. I fight for what I believe in and if it goes my way then great, and if not I have to tolerate it but don’t think I accept it.