Interview with Herbert Deskins, May 18, 2004

Deskins (House, 1976-1994, 94th district; Democrat) discusses his decision to run for office in 1975 and the campaign strategy he employed, his relationship with Senator Kelsey Friend, Friend's influence on Paul Patton, Deskin's views on the Equal Rights Amendment, wrangling for committee appointments, his appointment to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and his race against Wayne Rutherford. He reflects at length on Paul Patton's rise to power, the coal severance tax, John Y. Brown's administration, education and taxation, Martha Layne Collins' administration, his Insurance Sunshine legislation, his impressions of Wallace Wilkinson, his idea for K-12 education, the 1990 redistricting, BOPTROT scandal, Paul Patton's push for higher education and elimination of community colleges, Deskins' opposition to hog farms in Western Kentucky, his efforts to regulate logging, and his work on underground mining safety regulations. Part 2 of 2.

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Apportionment (Election law)   Blume, Norbert L., 1922-2011   Coal mines and mining   Collins, Martha Layne   Cyrus, Ronald Ray, 1935-2006   Dawahare, Hoover, 1928-2004   Democratic Party (U.S.)   Deskins, Herbert   Deskins, Herbert--Interviews   Education   Educational change   Equal rights amendments--Kentucky   Equality before the law   Floyd County (Ky.)   Ford, Wendell H., 1924-   Friend, Kelsey E., Sr.   Gasoline--Taxation   Insurance companies   Kenton, William G.   Kentucky. Education Reform Act (1990)   Kentucky. Governor (1971-1974 : Ford)   Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown)   Kentucky. Governor (1987-1991 : Wilkinson)   Kentucky. Governor (1995-2003 : Patton)   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Lungs--Dust diseases   Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Organization)   Patton, Paul E., 1937-   Pike County (Ky.)   Postsecondary education   Postsecondary education--Kentucky   Roads   Stumbo, Greg   Wilkinson, Wallace G.   Workers' compensation  

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