97 Georgia counties, cities set to vote on Sunday sales

The Georgia Food Industry Association announced today that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Nov. 8 referendums to permit the Sunday sales of alcohol in retail stores. GFIA President Kathy Kuzava said the territories willing to embrace blue-lawlessness include about 2.5 million Georgians – just over a quarter of the state’s population.

Here’s the group’s list:

— Acworth

— Albany

— Alpharetta

— Americus

— Atlanta

— Auburn

— Ball Ground

— Barrow County

— Berkeley Lake

— Bibb County

— Bloomingdale

— Braselton

— Bulloch County

— Byron

— Canton

— Cartersville

— Centerville

— Chamblee

— Chatham County

— Cherokee County

— Colbert

— College Park

— Comer

— Covington

— Dacula

— Dalton

— Dawsonville

— Decatur

— Duluth

— Dunwoody

— East Point

— Elbert County

— Elberton

— Fayetteville

— Flowery Branch

— Ft Oglethorpe

— Gainesville

— Garden City

— Glynn County

— Grayson

— Grovetown

— Hampton

— Hiram

— Holly Springs

— Hoschton

— Jackson

— Jasper County

— Jefferson

— John’s Creek

— Jonesboro

— Kennesaw

— Kingston

— Lawrenceville

— Lilburn

— Loganville

— Macon

— McDonough

— Milton

— Newnan

— Norcross

— Oakwood

— Palmetto

— Peachtree City

— Pendergrass

— Perry

— Pooler

— Port Wentworth

— Porterdale

— Rome

— Roswell

— Sandy Springs

— Savannah

— Screven County

— Senoia

— Smyrna

— Snellville

— St. Mary’s

— Statesboro

— Stockbridge

— Stone Mountain

— Sugar Hill

— Suwanee

— Swainsboro

— Thunderbolt

— Tunnel Hill

— Tybee Island

— Tyrone

— Union City

— Valdosta

— Varnell

— Villa Rica

— Warner Robins

— Waycross

— West Point

— Whitfield County

— Winder

— Woodstock

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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79 comments Add your comment

Bob

September 13th, 2011
1:34 pm

They’re all gonna burn in hayull. Amen.

Chuck

September 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

If we are burning in Hell then hopefully we will have a nice, cold, alcoholic drink in our hand!! Nov. 8 can’t get here fast enough!!

boo

September 13th, 2011
1:57 pm

funny…jesus drank wine…so according to bob..HE will ‘BURN IN HAYULL’…

Centrist

September 13th, 2011
1:59 pm

Democracy (better than theocracy).

MrLiberty

September 13th, 2011
2:06 pm

And screw every city or county that didn’t put the measure on the ballot. I will make a point of buying on Sunday just to support the communities who pass the bills and show that they still care a minor bit about freedom.

Thomasville Expat

September 13th, 2011
2:10 pm

I haven’t lived in Georgia for several years, but I’ve been following this with great interest. I’m surprised that Thomasville/Thomas County isn’t on there since one of it’s biggest proponents is from Ochlocknee GA. Glad to see the state moving forward on this, though. It’ll be one less toehold for religious zealots trying to boss around other folks.

mqnada

September 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

Pox on Cobb for not moving on this. Luckily, I live 100 yards from the Cherokee line.

Another Bob

September 13th, 2011
2:18 pm

I think the first Bob was being tongue-in-cheek ;)

Slow down ...

September 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

For those throwing poo at certain jurisdictions for NOT having this on the ballot, there are some reason why some places may not have it this year. Rest assured, several more cities and counties will have this on the 2012 ballot.

Some places aren’t having any elections this year, so to have a vote for alcohol would be EXTREMELY costly to put on. No need to create an election for just that one issue. Best to wait until there is a previously-scheduled election and realize some government efficiency (I know, I know … oxymoron.)

Other places are still studying the repercussions. Do not for one second think that all package stores are in support of this vote. They like the idea of being closed on Sunday and not losing any business to grocery stores. There are some strong and loud voices that are fighting this getting onto local ballots.

And for anyone who truly wishes a pox on their city or county for not passing this, I’m sure there is someone willing to buy your house and help you move somewhere else.

Tea Bagger

September 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

This is how I live. It is the correct way, so I will force others to live this way, too.

AtlRoman

September 13th, 2011
2:30 pm

Those counties that are ignorant enough not to add it won’t stop drinkers. People will just drive to the next county, buy it, and drive home drunk. People are going to buy their alcohol where and when they can. The law is going to stop drinking!

Dunwoody Gator

September 13th, 2011
2:34 pm

Thomasville Expat – This issue has nothing to do with religion! It is all about $$$$$. Sure, the opponents of Sunday sales let the bible thumpers take center stage but the real lobby is the liquor stores that do not want the operating costs of being open on Sunday.

Sunny Purdue said that it was his “moral obligation to prevent sales of alcohol on the Sabbath.” (his Sabbath, of course). But he had no problem allowing the new Gwinnett Braves Stadium to get a special license for Sunday sales. What is the difference between the stadium and everywhere else? The liquor lobby did not have any issue with the stadium selling.

coachx

September 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

As my pappy used to say……..Beer is just as good on Sunday.

Well, he didn’t really say that.

Danny O

September 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Beer is at its optimal flavor at approximately 5:30pm on Friday.

That being said, not being able to get some brewskis for watching the Falcons has always left a bad taste in my mouth.

Alatsea

September 13th, 2011
2:45 pm

Hey Bob @1:34 You have got to be f’in kidding. Who was that dude that turned water to wine?

At the Switch

September 13th, 2011
2:47 pm

Finally common sense rules

Patrick

September 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

mqnada, Cobb will put it on the ballot next year AFAIK.

JChrist5

September 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

UGA, GCSU, UWG students won’t be able to buy on sunday, but Georgia Southern, GSW, GT, Georgia State and VSU will? Weird. I know where I’m transferring.

Eric

September 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Clearly Cobb didn’t want to hold a special referendum and that’s cool with me. I will drive up to Cherokee or over to Sandy Springs to the Total Wine on Sunday for a year if necessary. That will cos Cobb, but whatever, you make your choices, you pay your prices. I wonder if anyone did a cost analysis of the delta between the cost of an election (I’m sure there were other referendum items that could have been moved up) and lost liquor taxes. Probably not. Whatever.

Centrist

September 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Who goes to the liquor store and opens the bourbon bottle in the parking lot? Most drinking and driving is from bars, restaurants, and parties which are already legal on Sundays. This is just a convenience issue for the voters, dogma for certain religious folks, and overhead/competition for store owners and bars.

Trying to hang this on the TEA Party which has NOTHING about alcohol or religion in its tenants is pure partisanship.

Bob

September 13th, 2011
2:55 pm

FWIW, yes….my 1:34 post was a parody of the thumpers.

Oh, and “Tea Bagger”…the real TP movement has no social agenda and, since it supports a free and open market economy, would logically support allowing legal items to be purchased anytime.

Bob

September 13th, 2011
2:56 pm

watcher16

September 13th, 2011
2:57 pm

Wow…Athens isn’t on that list?!

Chubby Faux Ginger Dental Hygienist

September 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

Georgia Conservatives in Action fights for LIBERTY!!!!*

* except when it goes against our theocratic view of The Bible. Amen.

Aquagirl

September 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

Prepare yourself for the apocalypse, Georgia.

odom

September 13th, 2011
3:03 pm

lose a child 2 a drunk driver ,and then watch drunk driver get in another accident and buy cops off…never did 1 day of time for killing my son…drink up you azzholes,maybe your child will be next !!!!!

Let's get this done

September 13th, 2011
3:06 pm

Odom… why is it assumed that buying on Sundays means everyone is going to drive drunk? Are you calling everyone in here an (in your words) and “azzhole”? Wow, Though it is tragic your child was killed, you cannot blame everyone who likes to have a beer for your sons death. Just like you can’t blame everyone who owns a gun for someone being shot.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

September 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

These dang politicians are trying to put the poor moonshiner who depends on Sunday revenue totally out of bidness.

Which are NOT voting?

September 13th, 2011
3:21 pm

I think that’s a better question…

angrymeatball

September 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

Oh for God’s sake, sell liquor on Sundays! I’m sick to death of these holier than though Bible belters casting judgment on others. Start pouring GD it!

Obama's Mama

September 13th, 2011
3:28 pm

My gammy used to bring her flask to church, she would take a swigg at every chance she could get.

Dean Martin

September 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

Beer before liquor, never been sicker. liquor before beer you’re in the clear. Words to live your life by!

Hypothetical

September 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Odom,

What’s worse, going out and buying beer/alcohol to be consumed in one’s house, or going to a bar/stadium/restaurant and then driving home drunk?

Tom the Bomb

September 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

Whenever there is a need, we’ll continue to buy ours in North Carolina on Sunday afternoon , and I’m sure they will continue to appreciate the taxes that we pay them instead of Georgia.

Grocery Shopping Made Easy

September 13th, 2011
3:46 pm

Now I can do all of my “grocery” shopping on Sunday while those nice church people are otherwise involved.

Steve D.

September 13th, 2011
3:55 pm

Did those of you blubbering about how Cobb isn’t having a referendum somehow fail to notice that Acworth, Smyrna and Woodstock are on the above list? This is a CITY thing, not a COUNTY thing.

UGA fan

September 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

Any nice young lady want to buy me a PBR??

Fair is Fair

September 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

If the Georgia Legislature supports me carrying a Gun to Church then by damn it’s time I can carry a beer to church!

Tyler Durden

September 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

Ralph Reed must be spinning in his grave :-)

UGA fan

September 13th, 2011
4:01 pm

@ Steve D. It is a CITY AND COUNTY thing.. see Cherokee County on there?? I live in Cobb county, with a Marietta mailing address, but outside the Marietta city limits!

Rich Black

September 13th, 2011
4:10 pm

So what about places like unicorporated DeKalb county?

Jerome

September 13th, 2011
4:11 pm

I am glad that I can get a bottle of wine for dinner after church on Sundays.

Centrist

September 13th, 2011
4:12 pm

Damn, when did Cobb County take over Woodstock from Cherokee County – I missed that incursion.

Mitch

September 13th, 2011
4:24 pm

Hey bob, you are way off base here. There is nothing in the bible that says drinking an occassional alcohalic beverage is bad.. what is wrong with a little pleasure? we were not designed to be stripped of freedom and pleasure. I guess you do not believe in having a little you know what with your wife either. Judging people like you do will lead you to a place in Hell–Only god determines where we end up–not you.

HR Pufnstuf

September 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

Smyrna is in Cobb, that’s not too far of a drive. :)

Finally-Conversation Over

September 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

I am really excited for this to pass/fail so people won’t have to talk about it anymore. Actually, not true, if it fails, people will just complain more, so I really hope it passes.

jazzy

September 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

It’s about damn time.

j

September 13th, 2011
4:32 pm

thank god, i do my grocery shopping on sundays … about time i have the freedom to buy my alcohol then and DRINK IT AT HOME.

Centrist

September 13th, 2011
4:32 pm

Nah, this conversation continues. Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, and since I’m a stockholder – I don’t like competitors selling chicken on Sundays. Such a ban should attract PETA and vegans – we just need a lobbyist.

KKK

September 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

Yea, no chicken on Sundays. You know who likes fried chicken. Let’s ban watermelons, chitlins, and rap too.