Interview with Julian M. Carroll, December 12, 2011

Julian M. Carroll is the former Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, former Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the state, and current State Senator as of the time of this interview. In this interview he focuses mainly on his term as governor of Kentucky. He talks about his main priorities as governor, focusing mainly on education, including his work to raise teachers' salaries, decrease the dropout rate, and fund vocational education. He discusses the numerous natural disasters and tragedies that occurred during his time as lieutenant governor and governor of Kentucky, including the fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in 1977, the Scotia mine disaster in 1976, floods, and winter storms. He also discusses several coal strikes and riots, and the riots in Louisville that began over the issue of busing for school integration. Carroll discusses the connections between federal and state government, including his work with President Carter on strip mining legislation, and the funding Kentucky received from the Appalachian Regional Commission and urban renewal grants. Carroll discusses his reputation as a hands-on governor, and talks about the disappointments of his political career. He talks about the many indictments of other governors across the country occurring during his term as governor, as well as the accusations made against him personally. He talks about why he decided to run for governor again in 1987 and how it helped his reputation with the public, although he did not win.

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