December 10, 2008

We're 21!

Saw a list of the most corrupt states at Politico. Got the link from my sister. Here are the top 35.

1. Louisiana(7.67)
2. Mississippi (6.66)
3. Kentucky (5.18)
4. Alabama (4.76)
5. Ohio(4.69)
6. Illinois (4.68)
7. Pennsylvania (4.55)
8. Florida (4.47)
9. New Jersey (4.32)
10. New York (3.95)
11. Tennessee (3.68)
12. Virginia (3.64)
13. Oklahoma (2.96)
14. Connecticut (2.80)
15. Missouri (2.79)
16. Arkansas (2.74)
17. Massachusetts (2.66)
18. Texas (2.44)
19. Maryland (2.31)
20. Michigan (2.14)
21. Georgia (2.13)
22. Wisconsin (2.09)
23. California (2.07)
24. North Carolina (1.96)
25. Arizona (1.88)
26. Indiana (1.85)
27. South Carolina (1.74)
28. Nevada (1.72)
29. Colorado (1.56)
30. Washington (1.52)
31. Utah (1.4117)
32. Kansas (1.4109)
33. Minnesota (1.24)
34. Iowa (0.91)
35. Oregon (0.68).

This is an eye opener. I would have guessed that the top three would have been Louisiana, New Jersey, and Illinois, but Illinois is number 6 and New Jersey is number 9. Holy crap! Are you crooks in Joisey and Illinois gonna let pissant states like Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama beat you out? WTF is wrong with you people? You have standards dontcha? It's nice to see Ohio is up there. The crooks there are doing their jobs, but they still got beat out by Alabama and Kentucky. You crooked pols just need to try harder.

Hopefully the Blowjobovich scandal will boost Illinois in the rankings. There's prolly more corruption in just Chicago than there is in many states.

Posted by denny at December 10, 2008 04:37 PM  

Well I always thought New Jersey would have been number one

Posted by: mark on December 10, 2008 04:51 PM

It's all a matter of the time span used. Also, it was based upon the number of corrupt politicians per capita.

Here in Illinois, our problem seems to be centered around one particular city in the northeast corner of the state. There's probably more heads in Chicago than Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama combined. I'll concede the state title to Louisiana, but Chicago is the most corrupt city.

Posted by: Steve S. on December 10, 2008 05:14 PM

If Minnesota doesn't see a rise in it's ratings, they'll demand a recount.

Posted by: Rurik on December 10, 2008 05:26 PM

I was hoping AZ would have dropped down the list as we have not arrested a Governor in over 10 years....oh yea Bubba Pardoned him on his way out the office. The best thing about JEH winning was he took our worthless Dem lesbo Gov with him.

Posted by: greg on December 10, 2008 05:33 PM

I am really surprised to see CA for far down the list though. But you will notice that the Dakota's, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana are not on the list. Perhaps there is something to a state which has multiple firearms per person.

Posted by: Ron on December 10, 2008 05:36 PM

I'm kinda surprised to see Tennessee at #11. Here in NE Tennessee, politics are usually pretty clean. Or maybe our crooks do a better job of hiding it...Of course, down in Memphis-which may as well be in another GALAXY from NE Tennessee-You have the Harold Ford dynasty/mess-They're about as crooked as they come. Even though he's a Republican, I've always thought Corker was a bit on the slick 'n' greasy side-Maybe that's just me, though.

Posted by: Sandy G. on December 10, 2008 06:06 PM

Well, we just got a second term of Gregoire. So, I wouldn't be surprised if WA claws and scratches its way up the ladder.

Posted by: PeggyU on December 10, 2008 06:14 PM

WTF?! Texas is #18? I have not heard a major scandal come out of Texas in years.

Posted by: kerrcarto on December 10, 2008 06:16 PM

No wonder West Virginia is so damn poor, we can't even crack the top 35 in corruption.

Posted by: Daryl on December 10, 2008 06:21 PM

The article states that the corruption index is based on convictions per capita. So Illinois and New Jersey aren't at the top because a lot of their politicians are still getting away with it, and those states obviously have population densities significantly higher than Louisiana and Mississippi. Just thought I'd throw in some boring logic into the discussion.

Posted by: Paul on December 10, 2008 06:45 PM

The way I figure it, the folks in NJ are just so good at it that they don't get caught. If we recalibrate to include the unindicted, New Jersey would probably come in first.

[Heh! Just read Paul's comment. Great minds....]

Posted by: joated on December 10, 2008 06:58 PM

Well Ron, not sure of per capita firearms numbers but PA just had over 900 Thousand hunters in the woods on opening day. There are two gun owners in my house and we don't hunt, and I know many shooters that never hunt. So we have both a lot of crooks and a lot of guns. Or a lot of repeat crooks!
Yet somehow, this state that sits between "Almost Heaven" and "The Garden State" ranks Lucky Number Seven in corruption.

Posted by: Kevin on December 10, 2008 07:50 PM

I protest!! We are No 1. I just know in my heart that Illinois is no 1!! WTF indeed. I am stunned and saddened at this awful news. Well I guess we in the Chicagoland area will just have to bear down and try that much harder. Dammint! beaten out by the likes of Louisiana! Oh the shame! The scandal!!

Posted by: defshepard on December 10, 2008 08:11 PM

I figure the pollsters were going to make Jersey number one until they got a visit by some pinkie ring guys who suggested that making Jersey number one might result in their stindeens being sliced off and shoved down dere freakin' troats.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on December 10, 2008 08:30 PM

What about the other 22 state?

Posted by: Past Your Eyes on December 10, 2008 09:56 PM

Kerrcarto - I live 20 min north of Dallas. Dallas politics and Dallas ISD politics (I bet those are counted) is a cesspool. My guess is you take Dallas and Houston out and we'd fall way down the per capita list.

Posted by: patrick on December 10, 2008 09:58 PM

Al Capone was interviewed by the Tribune about crime and corruption in Cook County, Chicago and Illinois generally.

Al was quoted "Crime, I'm shocked!"

Posted by: Jim Macklin on December 10, 2008 11:10 PM

Ranking is the top 35 most populous states. All 15 of the smallest states might be the most corrupt but they were not ranked because of their size. Secondly, Corruption is defined for this study as a conviction of a public official. Don't get caught and you are not corrupt for the purposes of this study. That explains alot. Last, it is convictions of a public official per 100,000 of population, not as a percentage of all public officials in the state, so more elected officials relative to the size of the population will tend to boost the corruption ranking even though the percentage of corrupt officials may remain the same.

Posted by: Brad on December 10, 2008 11:24 PM

I got 10 of 10.

How did you do?

Posted by: DanS. on December 11, 2008 12:36 AM

I wonder what party holds the record for most corrupt.

Posted by: Joe on December 11, 2008 08:32 AM

Pennsylvania is Ahead of New Jersey.....

Hah! Take that Jimbo.....The Garden State [9] has nothing on Pennsylvania [7], you may have dumps to bury the bodies but we got more forest land to hide our criminal losers in.

Next ! Illinois [6] is in our sights.

Georgia at [21] You gotta quit feeding them gators & leave the bodies out where they can be found.

Posted by: dudley1 on December 11, 2008 08:46 AM

Number 12. I'd thought we'd be a lot lower, but we have the People's Republic of Northern Virginia to contend with, so that's probably what clinched the spot for us.

Imperial Keeper

Posted by: Elizabeth on December 11, 2008 08:47 AM

Nevada only came in at #28? Huh. I thought we'd be higher up than that. Oh, well. Better luck next year, I guess. Between our scumbag borderline-rapist governor and Harry Shitspigot Reid doing shady land deals with his slimy local politician kid, we're bound to rise in the ranks sooner or later.

Posted by: Agamemnon Jones on December 11, 2008 10:32 AM

Okay, yeah. Based on convictions. Wish I'd noticed that before I posted before. That explains a lot. Nevada politicians are still getting away with a lot of shit, so they wouldn't show up in the study.

Posted by: Agamemnon Jones on December 11, 2008 10:35 AM

I would've thought that states with the most populous cities would top the list, but the tentacles of the Good-Ol'-Boyz-N-Girlz networks obviously reach far into the boonies in some states.
Having lived in several of the cities represented by their states, it's no contest that Chi-Town is unequivocally No. 1.
Michigan, at #20, is based solely on the miscreants of Destroyt and Ann Arbor.
How Nevada, #28, isn't in the top five is a mystery. And with the latest antics in Hawaii, how the hell did they miss out?

PastYourEyes - great comment about the other 22!!

Posted by: Chappy on December 11, 2008 10:38 AM

Having lived in Oregon I was a little surprised to see it so low. They have a judge machine going where if the governor is a Dimocrat the judges resign just short of their term ending. This gives the governor the right to appoint a new judge, then this new judge gets re-elected as an incumbent virtually 100% of the time.

Posted by: Frank on December 11, 2008 11:14 AM

It really depends on what is meant by the term "corrupt."

Here in Florida it is not unusual to pay a politician a "fee" to assist in legal matters relating to a local or state law or problem.

At the project I am working on I have direct contact with a state senator (bloviating pig) where if I have a problems with the local authorities, I give him a call, he makes a call, makes the issue go away and gets a nice fee for his service.

Is that corrupt or just business as usual?

Posted by: Willie on December 11, 2008 11:59 AM

Number 6. I'm so proud. What gets me is that I always thought I could move to Jersey if the corruption in Illinois wasn't bad enough. How wrong was I ?

Posted by: Greg on December 11, 2008 12:32 PM

I'm baffled that Minnesota ranked so low when they have bottom feeders galore supporting Franken(stein), an infastructure problem that is a killer due to long standing corruption, and crap like Keith Ellis representing jihad in Washington.
And how did Kentucky rate #3? Some pol take a bag of nuts from bob the squirrel?
Iowa I understand, that state is too boring for corruption, the greedy ones head for Chicago.
As for Kansas, We have an idiot governor, a corrupt attorney general who just resigned, a kangaroo court, and a host of other problems.

Posted by: Jeremy on December 11, 2008 11:58 PM

Somebody just told me a few days ago that here in New Mexico the pols can give Chicago a run for it's money. The difference, he said, is that in Illinois "it's all about the money, but things get done. In New Mexico, it's all about who you're related to, and no work actually gets done."

Posted by: Gun-totin-wacko on December 14, 2008 02:08 AM

Our state probably paid some sort of bribe to Politico to be down listed to #30. No doubt came out of that tax revenue surplus our governor was trumpeting last year.

Posted by: PeggyU on December 14, 2008 05:48 PM
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