Interview with Joe Lane Travis, July 12, 2006

Travis (Senate, 1981-1988; 9th district; Republican) discusses his family, growing up during World War II, the effect of mass communications technologies on society, his friendship with Louie B. Nunn, his decision to switch from the Democratic to the Republican party, the conservatism of Western Kentucky Democrats, how he got involved in politics, his legislative strategies, his resistance to lobbyists, the influence of special interest groups on the legislative process, his insistence on reading every bill he voted for, the legislative process, his work on the Whistle Blower Bill, his opinion of ethanol as a replacement for gasoline, his concern about health insurance costs, and his opposition to retirement plans for legislators. He recounts going to Japan during the Korean War. He suggests reasons for the migration of many Southern Democrats to the Republican Party, describes his objections to social security and disability insurance, his support of "right to work" laws, and his belief in the primacy of fostering economic growth as a legislative priority. Travis often returns to the theme of the lack of honesty and integrity in politics.

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Alcohol   Allen County (Ky.)   Baker, Walter A., 1937-2010   Barren County (Ky.)   Butler County (Ky.)   Churchill, Winston, 1871-1947   Disability insurance   Economic development--Kentucky   Economics   Edmonson County (Ky.)   Ethanol   Fletcher, Ernie, 1952-   Foster home care   Goldwater, Barry, 1938-   Health insurance--Law and legislation--Kentucky   Honesty--Political aspects--United States   Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988   Jones, Brereton   Kentucky Education Association   Kentucky. General Assembly. Legislative Research Commission   Kentucky. Governor (1967-1971 : Nunn)   Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones)   Kentucky. Governor (2003-2007 : Fletcher)   Korean War, 1950-1953   Labor unions   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Lewis, Ron, 1946-   Lobbyists   Monroe County (Ky.)   Nunn, Lee R.   Nunn, Louie B., 1924-2004   Party affiliation--Kentucky   Political action committees   Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence   Reagan, Ronald   Roads   Simpson County (Ky.)   Social security   Social security--United States   South Central Bell   Television   Term limits (Public office)   Travis, Joe Lane   Travis, Joe Lane--Interviews   United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.   Whistle blowing--Law and legislation  

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