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Nathan Dean oral history interview 1989 October 2

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Creator: Dean, Nathan, 1934-
Cook, James
Title: Nathan Dean oral history interview 1989 October 2
Date: 1989 Oct. 2
Description: Local identification number: Dean, N_19891002_(P1989-27)

Nathan Dean (b. 1934), from Bartow County, served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1963 to 1975 and has served in the Georgia Senate since 1975.

Among topics discussed: Family background and formative years; personal political philosophy; changes in campaign strategies; changes in the General Assembly since the 1960s; county unit system; shifts in political power in Georgia from south to north; changes in legislators; rural-urban conflict in the legislature; "trade outs" in legislative work; the Georgia lottery issue; the abortion as a no-win situation; comparison of speakers George L. Smith, George T. Smith, and Tom Murphy; House members decision against governor-appointed speakers; changes in handling House Bill 1 (budget); comparison of House and Senate as democratic bodies; Denmark Groover; lieutenant governor's role in setting up committees; changes in Zell Miller's handling of lieutenant governor position; compromise on sales tax; James H. "Sloppy" Floyd as Appropriations Committee chair; working relationship with Jimmy Carter, Joe Frank Harris; personal views on the role of a legislator; Quality Basic Education greatest piece of legislation passed; Georgia's growth potential; assessment of Joe Frank Harris, George Busbee, Carl Sanders, and Jimmy Carter as governors; suggestions to change Georgia's government; Georgia's evolution to a two party state; relationship between the state and national Democratic parties.

Subjects: Lotteries--Law and legislation--Georgia | Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects--Georgia | Political campaigns--Corrupt practices | Dean, Nathan, 1934- | United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Appropriations | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | Busbee, George, 1927-2004
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Related Materials: Georgia Government Documentation Project | Dean, Nathan, Interviewed by James Cook, 2 October 1989, P1989-27, Series B. Public Figures, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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