Interview with H. Edward O'Daniel, July 7, 2006

O'Daniel (Senate 1978-1990, 14th district; Democrat) discusses his education, how he became interested in politics, and his first campaign for the 14th senatorial district seat. He recounts the rise of the Black Sheep Squadron, his decision to work with the group, their role in the 1979 special session of the General Assembly, and their impact on the legislative process in Kentucky. O'Daniel gives his views on annual sessions, the relationship between the University of Kentucky and the community college system, the evolution of higher education in Kentucky, lobbyists, the budget process, the work of the Legislative Research Commission, the importance of information when crafting legislation, his distaste for regional partisanship in the legislature, his relationship with Julian Carroll, and his enjoyment of working on the political issues. He reflects on his role in the workers' compensation legislation of 1987. He concludes the interview talking about his regrets and accomplishments.

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Anderson County (Ky.)   Basketball   Boyle County (Ky.)   Brown, John Young, Jr., 1933-   Carroll, Julian Morton, 1931-   Collins, Martha Layne   Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991   Community colleges   Cyrus, Ronald Ray, 1935-2006   Friend, Kelsey E., Sr.   Kentucky. Education Reform Act (1990)   Kentucky. Governor (1974-1979 : Carroll)   Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown)   Kentucky. Governor (1983-1987 : Collins)   Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones)   Larue County (Ky.)   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Liquors   Lobbyists   Lungs--Dust diseases   Marion County (Ky.)   McConnell, Mitch   Nelson County (Ky.)   O'Daniel, H. Edward   O'Daniel, H. Edward--Interviews   Political campaigns--Kentucky   Postsecondary education   Postsecondary education--Kentucky   Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).   Property tax--United States   Scorsone, Ernesto   Singletary, Otis A.   Stovall, Thelma L., 1919-1994   University of Kentucky   Washington County (Ky.)   Wethington, Charles T. (Charles Turner), Jr.   Workers' compensation  

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