Sunday sales votes had 82 percent success rate in Ga.

In 127 cities and counties across Georgia, referendums to permit the Sunday retail sale of alcohol had an 82 percent success rate, according to a list compiled by the Georgia Food Industry Association, one of the efforts’ chief backers.

Be the first on your block to see the list here. Twenty-one counties and cities voted down the measure. Of those, 13 were south of I-20. Albany, Americus, Brunswick, Swainsboro, Sumter County, and Waycross were the largest entities to defeat the measure.

North of I-20, Elbert and Whitfield counties said no.

But the number of yes votes was breath-taking. Two-thirds of more than 266,000 Georgians who cast ballots on the issue Tuesday voted yes. Even the city of Perry, home to Sonny Perdue – who as governor blocked the legislation through his two terms – passed the measure with a 55 percent majority.

Decatur had the highest margin of passage, by 91 percent.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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DJ Sniper

November 9th, 2011
1:31 pm

It’s about time this got changed. The people have spoken.

commoncents

November 9th, 2011
1:32 pm

I’m not surprised. Took long enough for the state to put this to a vote though when it should have been done decades ago.

frank

November 9th, 2011
1:36 pm

so does kroger now have jack daniels or what?

tim

November 9th, 2011
1:37 pm

I was amazed that when I moved to the Atlanta area in 1981 that you couldn’t buy retail sales of alcohol on Sunday.

But, I was REALLY amazed that Gwinnett County was dry. No Bars. How backwards could an area be. Booze built Gwinnett. Restaurants, bars etc weren’t going to locate there in the early 80’s but finally they allowed alcohol.

I’ve been to south Georgia many times…..their are still living in the fiftys. Doesn’t surprise me that they are so uneducated and uninformed and living in poverty.

N2thaIzzo

November 9th, 2011
1:38 pm

Never made any sense to me that I could go to any sports bar on Sunday and drink alcohol, but I can’t go to the store, buy beer, and drink it in the comfort of my home. Glad this backwards state finally got something right.

JOD

November 9th, 2011
1:39 pm

Jeeze frank, dont be dense… this was a measure to allow sunday sales in stores, not change the current configuration of sales of hard liquor in grocery stores. That measure was being pushed at the same time, but got shot down in the state congress.

PMC

November 9th, 2011
1:41 pm

So yeah 83% feel they should be able to make thier own decision about when to purchase items and 17% feel thier morals should be imposed on others. Sounds fairly accurate to this state really.

boib

November 9th, 2011
1:43 pm

@tim: I bet those uneducated folks in south Georgia know the difference between “they’re” / “their” and “fifties” / “fiftys” :)

Ghostrider

November 9th, 2011
1:49 pm

I don’t get it, so the residents in the South Georgia community will lose revenue when the folks go to the next county to buy beer\wine on sundays … What a bunch of idiots …

Ga Voters

November 9th, 2011
1:51 pm

Suck it Sadie Fields and Jerry Luquire!

Ghostrider

November 9th, 2011
2:06 pm

@Ga Voters

Yeah tell’em … @Ga Voters

CobbGOPer

November 9th, 2011
2:07 pm

The tears of Sadie Fields and Jerry Luquire taste delicious.

CobbGOPer

November 9th, 2011
2:09 pm

And to every one of the politicians who complained and argued that “this doesn’t have the widespread support the pro-Sunday sales folks would like you to believe”: SUCK IT.

Vashtai

November 9th, 2011
2:11 pm

I grew up in Smyrna, and Cobb county was dry until the early 70s. Slowly but surely we are finally getting Christian “values” out of our civil laws. Same sex marriage is coming Christians. Get over it!

I'm Thirsty

November 9th, 2011
2:12 pm

Gotta love Decatur and Pike Lake !

I'm Thirsty

November 9th, 2011
2:12 pm

That should have been Pine Lake!

reebok

November 9th, 2011
2:16 pm

Glad to see my home state come roaring forward into the 1990’s.

DannyX

November 9th, 2011
2:23 pm

No surprise the city of Decatur passed Sunday sales so overwhelmingly. Decatur is full of drunks.

They had the beer festival last month, sold out. Then this month the wine festival, sold out. On Halloween night all the parents escorted their kids trick or treating with a glass of wine in hand. Downtown now has a bunch of taverns. Its pretty traumatic here when someone runs out of booze on Sunday and can’t go to the store to purchase it.

Hopefully the next festival to hit Decatur will be the “Rehab Festival.”

Independent voter

November 9th, 2011
2:25 pm

I see things are changing in Georgia. Maybe we can turn Georgia to a blue state.
I wonder if the clubs will open back up on Sunday in Atlanta.

jarvis

November 9th, 2011
2:33 pm

Yet another reason to never visit Albany, Americus, Brunswick, Swainsboro, Sumter County, or Waycross.

clem

November 9th, 2011
2:40 pm

dannyx, you’d drink too if you saw their property tax bills

BOB

November 9th, 2011
2:43 pm

i don’t care if folks can buy booze 24/7, just don’t try to justify it by claiming a windfall in tax revenue. any uptick in sunday sales will be at the expense of the other 6 days.

DixieDemons

November 9th, 2011
2:48 pm

Looks like the Christian Conservatives carried the day at the polls

Elmer Gantry

November 9th, 2011
2:49 pm

I can understand the breath taking success of the popuilace that wants Sunday sales of Alcohol. What else is there? The economy is going chug-a-lug, the plantation owners have not had pickers for their peaches, the Sanannah harbor project is nowhere, and ofcourse the most aggressively masculine of all sports[footbaLL] at Penn State has child abuse scandal, whats left? A little Sunday sipping to keep the spirits up and ofcourse more homeless.

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

No problem with this from a moral standpoint, but I hate this 24/7 attitude that a lot of folks have. I saw interviews with several package store owners that said they preferred to be closed on Sundays. Now, they have to give up an off day and pay employees for what will be minimal sales. They idea that a lot of folks have that they must have all things all the time is troubling. We all need to simply slow down.

Vince

November 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

Still remember my dad driving down to the Jax store in Tallahassee to buy booze on Sundays. I’ll toast his memory with a shot of JD on the first Sunday I can buy liquor in Georgia.

Danny O

November 9th, 2011
2:52 pm

@BOB:

This will undoubtedly increase revenue around the edges of the state, where one could simply drive over the border if they realized they were out of alcohol prior to the Falcons game. And if they needed some avocados and chips, then that revenue stays here as well.

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
2:53 pm

“I see things are changing in Georgia. Maybe we can turn Georgia to a blue state.”

Well, I think Atlanta and DeKalb Schools are doing their best based on their recent performances. I suspect a lot of little leftist will be marching in lockstep to the unemployment/welfare office right after graduation to, “get my check”.

South Georgian

November 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

@jarvis and time: Most folks in South Georgia prefer that you not visit. You yankees in Occupied Atlanta ain’t welcome down here. And that also goes for all you morons from Gwinnett and the other ‘burbs that run all over the place telling people that you’re “from Atlanta.” After we finish laughing at your stupid self, you can tell us that you’re from Dacula or Lilburn. Shut up.

Tim is a bigot

November 9th, 2011
3:02 pm

@Tim 1:37>>>> “I’ve been to south Georgia many times…..their are still living in the fiftys. Doesn’t surprise me that they are so uneducated and uninformed and living in poverty”>>>>>> Tim, not only are you a bigot….but it seems that you are a highly uneducated one…”THEIR are still living”…..way to go dumb ar$e……

Carol

November 9th, 2011
3:02 pm

Liquor store owners don’t have to give up a day to be open. They now have a choice. Like someone else mentioned I never understood why it was ok to go to a restaurant or sports bar, get hammered and drive home. But not be able to go to buy my groceries and alcohol, drive home and relax with an adult beverage in the comfort of my own home. Sometimes Sunday is the only day of the week I can get to the grocery store.

DannyX

November 9th, 2011
3:04 pm

“And that also goes for all you morons from Gwinnett and the other ‘burbs that run all over the place telling people that you’re “from Atlanta.””

Ain’t that the truth!

Btw South Georgia, what are the chances south Georgia would just say no to all the tax dollars Metro Atlanta sends down there? Why do you hypocrites feel that you are entitled to Occupied Atlanta tax dollars? 35% of metro Atlanta dollars heads south.

DannyX

November 9th, 2011
3:11 pm

“They idea that a lot of folks have that they must have all things all the time is troubling.”

Let me guess SAWB, you went to school in either Atlanta or DeKalb.

Jimmy 5 Fingers

November 9th, 2011
3:12 pm

Jesus loves me this I know,
For on Sunday booze shall flow.
I hope Jesus hears me say,
That I downed a shot today!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
For Sunday Sales tell me so.

I love liquor, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
I hope Jesus hears me say,
That I scored a shot today!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
For Sunday Sales tell me so.

Jesus loves me as I swig,
No more Sundays like a pig,
Absolut is in my cup,
You can watch me drink it up!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
For Sunday Sales tell me so.

Out of the Dark Ages I emerge,
Give the Baptists the big bird.
I will buy booze when I want,
Without yo mama sayin’ not!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
For Sunday Sales tell me so.

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
3:14 pm

“Btw South Georgia, what are the chances south Georgia would just say no to all the tax dollars Metro Atlanta sends down there?”

Yes, South Georgia seems to be happy stealing all our drinking water to spray on their dang peanuts.

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

“Let me guess SAWB, you went to school in either Atlanta or DeKalb.”

Nope, National School of Excellence – Thank you…

td

November 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

Jimmy 5 Fingers

November 9th, 2011
3:12 pm

I see you are all about the me, me, me generation. I will pray that you do not hit and kill anyone while you are on the roads drunk.

Danny O

November 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

@ SAWB:

The only way that South Georgia can be “stealing all our drinking water to spray on their dang peanuts” is to pull it out of the river or the lake up here. If they pull it out of the river, lake, or aquifer adjacent to or below their land they are not stealing it.

sheepdawg

November 9th, 2011
3:22 pm

when do we get to vote on chick-fil-a sunday sales?

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
3:23 pm

“If they pull it out of the river, lake, or aquifer adjacent to or below their land they are not stealing it.”

So, is OK for a few thousand farmers and fisherman to have more access to the water in Lake Lanier than several million Metro residents? The Corps of engineers releases water to meet downstream demand much of which is agricultural.

Sunday Sales Voter

November 9th, 2011
3:26 pm

@SAWB: “Now, they have to give up an off day and pay employees for what will be minimal sales.”

Not quite. The store owners don’t have to do anything different. If they choose to remain closed on Sunday, that’s their business. If customer demand is sufficient, they’ll be open. The only thing that is changed is that they – and we – now have the choice to do so, whereas before the laws of the state decided for us.

Personally, I’ll be happy to buy from whomever is open. Sunday is really the only day I have free to do all the shopping.

Ghostrider

November 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

To all you Holy Rollers who think your sh1t dont stink …. Sunday Liquor Sales kicked your BUTT …. LOL :)

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

“Personally, I’ll be happy to buy from whomever is open. Sunday is really the only day I have free to do all the shopping.”

Well, that is the point; the stores feel they need to be open now to avoid losing business to locations that are open. However, I realize this is the free market and have no real problem with it.
I just see more and more people working non-traditional schedules because their employer decided to offer “expanded services”. Often the employers have admitted the only reason they expanded their hours is because a competitor did. Yes, it is the free market, but is it really good for us when we have less family or leisure time.

Wiggles

November 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

Forstyh County doesn’t put it on the ballot. Now it is surround by areas that will sell on Sunday. Really smart BOC.

Danny O

November 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

@SAWB:

I don’t think you can blame that on peanut farmers. If you are looking for someone to blame, blame the Army Corps of Engineers. Or blame local metro Atlanta governments for not enacting stricter water usage laws.

We will never come up with a workable solution to Georgia’s water issues if we continually frame it as “us v. them,” or “Atlanta v. South Georgia.” Instead of looking for water grabs, we should be focused on how to be smarter users.

Wiggles

November 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

That’s Forsyth

Holy Roller

November 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

There’s no doubt Jimmy 5 and Ghostrider have a smell.

Brock

November 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

the only difference between a baptist and a methodist is the methodist will speak to you in the liquor line.

Why is everyone labeled as a drunk if they drink on Sunday?

SAWB

November 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

“We will never come up with a workable solution to Georgia’s water issues if we continually frame it as “us v. them,” or “Atlanta v. South Georgia.” Instead of looking for water grabs, we should be focused on how to be smarter users.”

Point taken…

Holy Roller

November 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

“Why is everyone labeled as a drunk if they drink on Sunday?”

They are? Do you have a complex or something?