Interview with Joseph Prather, July 6, 2006



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Prather (House 1968-1972, 26th district; Senate 1974-1986, 10th district; Democrat) discusses his education, going to school in a one-room schoolhouse, his real estate, auctioneering and banking businesses, how he got into politics. He compares the legislature he entered in 1968 to the legislature in 2006. Other topics include the committee system, interim committees, legislative independence, the decision to televise proceedings of the General Assembly, his philosophy of government, the difficulty of building political consensus, political partisanship, the impact of money on campaigning, the importance of education, the community college system, the University of Kentucky. He describes the relationship between the University of Kentucky and the state's community colleges and remarks on the relationship between University of Kentucky athletics department and the legislature. He praises the Legislative Research Commission, discusses his opposition to regional factionalism, reflects on his relationship with Julian Carroll, explains his views on the ascendency of the Republican Party in Kentucky and the nation. He talks about lobbyists and the function they serve in the legislative process.

Interview Accession: 
2006oh129_leg123
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Interview Date: 
2006-07-06

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