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Old 03-19-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Weehawken
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"From pay-to-play politics to dismal campaign disclosure requirements, America's fifty state governments have been weighed, measured and found wanting when it comes to ethical lawmaking.

Not a single state earned an A grade for ethics in the State Integrity Investigation, an analysis of states' transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms released Monday by the Center for Public Integrity,*Global Integrity*and*Public Radio International.

Eight states - Georgia, Michigan, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota,*South Carolina, Virginia and*Wyoming - got failing grades

Only five earned B's: *New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California*and*Nebraska."


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...ailing-grades/
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm ecstatic Louisiana didn't earn an F.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm ecstatic Louisiana didn't earn an F.
I think Louisiana is a special case, and is automatically conceded an F, and was given a C for "business as usual".

Apparently the Jindal adminstration has cracked down on a of the corruption that Louisianians are so rightfully proud of, but that's OK, he'll soon be replaced by someone more fitting to the job.

Here are the state by state particulars:

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2012/03/19...=huffpo-widget

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Old 03-19-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Or Illinois! Rod Blogoyavich (SP!) isn't corrupt enough?
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Or Illinois! Rod Blogoyavich (SP!) isn't corrupt enough?
A corrupt enough state would probably be him not getting indicted at all or being allowed to just resign and let that be that.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Illinois had a long history of corruption, which lead to reform after reform to put a stop to it. Now we just have stupid politicians who do stupid things, and the laws in place that are sending lots of them to jail. I was actually surprised not to see Illinois as well though, I guess the reforms are finally starting to pile up. Illinois was actually ranked 10th best out of the 50.

Illinois' biggest problem right now is budget issues relating to handsome pensions handed out during the 70s', 80's and 90's.....and now those people are retiring and we're all stuck with the bills. They've done a ton of reforms on current pensions, but you can't just go back and change them for pensions that were put in place decades ago. It's killing the state.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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This report very much goes against common thinking.

I'm not all that suprised. More populated, urban-population with a more cosmopolitan population probably has more lobbying, non-profit groups that organized against stugg.

Rural states however, have very entrenched, generational populations where everyone looks out for one another, "good old boy" network where one can get away with more.
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