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Best states at fighting corruption

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MisterCreosote, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Big shocker: No states earned an A, and 37 states either got a C or D. New Jersey and California (WTF?) are at the top of the list, along with Connecticut, Washington and Nebraska. The FAIL states are North Dakota, Michigan, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia.


    The study, in part, cites the gutting of newspaper staffs as a factor in the declining grades.

    And, I know this won't play well to the "Democrats good, Republicans bad" folks around here, but Chris Christie is praised for his work, both as governor and formerly as a U.S. Attorney.
  2. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Louisiana slipped the research team a few rolled-up 100s and said "Keep it fair. Keep it fair."
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I would assume that North and South Dakota got bad marks fighting corruption because there isn't any, while in New Jersey they have plenty of practice.
  4. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Rhode Island has to be last, right?
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    California has a whole city, Bell, that's practically closing its doors because the city manager and his cronies walked out the front door with wheelbarrows full of money.

    But its one of the least corrupt. Right.
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Not as long as Illinois and Louisiana are still in the fight.
  7. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Did you bother to read the story?

    You know how the Bell corruption came to light? Because California has such stringent open-records laws that the LAT was able to nail the suckers.

    There are more county and local governments in California than probably the smallest 20 states combined. But keep fucking that California's-screwed chicken.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Cuomo led about as corrupt a government organization as ever existed when he was in charge of HUD.Why anyone would take any effort by him to be a legitimate attempt at ethics reform? Things have always been bad. He's as bad as anyone has ever been.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Dunno, Buddy Cianci is worth a bunch on his own...
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    This might have been the best "sunshine week" related thing I read this year. I've seen dozens of public records stories that were played up but really revealed nothing other than that the local paper still knew how to request public docs.
    I thought the parts that showed that there are ways around most ethics laws to be pretty illuminating - I don't know if they were written that way, or lobbyists will always find a way through - like weeds or water.
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