ALLRED, David (b. 1936)

Profession: Journalist
Notable: son of former Governor James V. Allred, Democrat
Political Service: Texas House of Representatives
Political Party: Democrat

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixtieth Legislature. Influence of lobbyists; House Rules; power of committee chairs; defeat of pari-mutuel betting bill; value of Texas Legislative Council; stand on annual legislative sessions; comments about African-American legislators Curtis Graves and Joe Lockridge; personal political philosophy.
Date of Interview: August 9, 1967

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Special Session of the Sixtieth Legislature. Revenue legislation; reform of liquor laws; increase in state sales tax; changes in House rules; beer and liquor lobby; comments about Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes; comments about other House members.
Date of Interview: November 13, 1968

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Regular and Special Sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. One-year versus two-year budget; revenue bills; comments about Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes And Speaker Gus Mutscher; extension of state sales tax; Cavness Plan; minimum wage law; workman’s compensation; welfare legislation; comments about Governor’s Committee on Public school Education; student unrest on college campuses; establishment of additional four-year colleges; comments about Governor Preston Smith.
Date of Interview: March 17, 1970

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Journalist, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Wichita Falls, son of former Governor James V. Allred, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. House speakership race; committee chairpersons; House rules; Equal Rights Amendment; establishment of Public Utilities Commission; public school financing; Constitutional Convention.
Date of Interview: July 8, 1975

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Special sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. One-Year versus two-year budget; increase in sales tax; Expansion of sales tax; “grocery tax”; conflicts with Speaker Gus Mutscher; beer lobby; views on corporate taxes; voter disillusionment; urban-rural conflicts; Wichita Falls politics; his campaign for reelection; contest for House speakership.
Date of Interview: April 7, 1970

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Second Special Session of the Sixty-fifth Legislature. Influence of Proposition 13 in California; treasury surplus; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe, Speaker Bill Clayton, and Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby; personal reaction to the special session; repeal of sales tax on residential utility bills; increase in inheritance tax exemptions; taxation of agricultural and timber land; initiative-referendum; Peveto bill; formation of the “Filthy Fifty”; Sam Houston Caucus; House Study Group.
Date of Interview: October 25, 1978

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Regular and First Special Session of the Sixty-second Legislature. Origins of “Dirty Thirty”; Sharpstown stock-fraud scandal; comments about Speaker Gus Mutscher, Representatives William Heatly, Frances Farenthold, and Tommy Shannon.
Date of Interview: July 29, 1971

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-sixth Legislature. Sam Houston Caucus; Impressions of Governor William Clements, Speaker Bill Clayton; consumer legislation; interest rates; tax relief; Peveto bill; comments about “Killer Bees.”
Date of Interview: October 31, 1979

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