georgia: still forcing drunks and fraternities to plan ahead

ah yes, the general assembly is in town again and that means that it is once again time for metro atlanta’s famously libertarian republicans to once again pay homage to the fact that the rest of the state is dominated by republicans who still aren’t sure about that dinosaur thing.

the ajc has it’s obligatory article this morning about how as always there will be no bill to allow sunday sales of beer and wine passed in this session.

you can read all the obligatory quotes in the article. they haven’t change since i last posted about this so i won’t even bother cutting and pasting.

i really am waiting for someone to make the argument that this forces drunks and college students to learn valuable planning skills as a way of defending an outdated and silly restriction.

if you want to tell your representative what you think you can head on over web site working right now, but we’ll keep trying), but be under no illusion that it’ll do any good.

don’t forget that this state voted for a presidential candidate whose primary qualification as far as i can tell was that he loved jesus more than the other guy.

(in full disclosure the author of this post does not drink alcohol and attends church regularly – he just happens to think that this whole thing is plain stupid.)

11 Comments so far

  1. Seth (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 9:21 am

    I’m a liberal with loose morals and a beer fridge, so I think it’s stupid too.


  2. Andres (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    Looks liek the web site doesn’t work. Ya’ll list it as .org, and the AJC lists it as .com, so we’re all stuck.

    No beer and no political action outlet make Homer something something. . .

  3. abby (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

    this law is completely nonsensical. drives me absolutely nuts. georgia is all starry eyed about economic development, atlanta as an international city, "gateway to the new south" etc … yet we continue to make ourselves a joke by insisting on ridiculous antiquated laws and tiered systems for alcohol sales and distribution.

    it comes down to the fact that there is absolutely no reasonable argument to limit beer and wine sales on sundays, apart from religious conviction. (also, why are we limiting it to beer and wine? grocery store lobby has a better change than liquor store lobby?).

    the only (mildly) amusing thing in this entire situation is the fact that this is one of the few times liquor store owners and religious fundies are in agreement (liquor stores don’t want to open for an entire day if they aren’t allowed to sell more than half their stock).

    Look, I get all up in arms and I start to type like James, no caps for me!

    Though … a friend of mine that used to live in Milwaukee said that they just don’t sell alcohol after 10pm. I can’t decide which is worse.

  4. james (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

    it’s freeing, isn’t it, abby? who needs ’em anyway?

  5. shane (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 4:25 am

    One Friday night a group I sang with was having a little get-together at my house after a gig and I went out to rent a movie and pick up some more beer. It was just after 11pm. I went to the grocery store and they wouldn’t sell it to me. I went to the gas station, and they wouldn’t sell it either. It’s not all parts of town, I don’t think, but apparently Milwaukee isn’t the only city that does it…

    I do think it’s a dumb rule. It doesn’t effect whether people actually drink or not, cause you can still order in restaurants, and you can still buy it ahead of time to have at home.

    That said, where I’m living now in Germany, no retail stores are open at all on Sunday (by law), and everything closes at 8pm the rest of the week anyway, so planning ahead is no big deal for me- I have to do it with all the essentials already. I’m just glad that when I move back to Atlanta I can go shopping on Sundays at all.

  6. cali (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    Hey don’t blame it only on Republicans. I am a Republican and I think it is a stupid law. What makes Sunday so special? Saturday is a holy day for the Jewish religion. Should we not sell alcohol on Saturday? And what about other religions? Should we not sell alcohol on their religious days? Crazy. If someone is going to drink they are going to drink. What does it matter what days you sell alcohol on?

  7. james (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    oh not blaming it ALL on republicans, cali. this is one of those instances where the fault lines between libertarian, free-market republicans and the social wing are clearly on display.

  8. Georgia Citizen (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    Sign the petition to Repeal Prohibition of Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages at Stores in the State of Georgia at

  9. james (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 11:44 am

    thanks for the link…i signed it.

  10. Christa T (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:10 am

    The no alcohol sales thing is actually a product of the alcoholic beverage distributors lobby – an economic reason, not religious. Blue laws like this were originally for moral reasons but now it’s the small business lobbyists pushing to keep alcohol sales illegal on Sundays.

    The reason being that if alcoholic beverages could be sold, the bottle shops would have to open an extra day, spending the overhead on staff and utilities, to still make just about the same amount of profits – but now the same number/$ amount of sales would take place over 7 days instead of 6.

    If the stores chose to stay closed on Sunday, big retailers like Publix, Kroger, Wal-mart, etc would take all their Sunday business since those stores are open on Sundays anyway.

    Therefore, if alcohol is sold on Sundays, independently-owned or small-franchise liquor stores lose money no matter what.

    That really is why you won’t see that law repealed any time soon in our state – the independent beverage distributors have a pretty powerful lobby protecting their interests on this matter. It comes down more to protection of small businesses than a moral high horse.

  11. draoi on March 5th, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    If the representatives are unresponsive to the wishes of the majority, than in the next election they should be voted out of office. But I forgot the religious right rules in Georgia, so the normal doesnt apply.

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