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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:26 PM

State corruption risk report. More than half the states received a "D" or an "F"

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See where your state ranks and find out what you can do about it.

http://www.stateintegrity.org/your_state

http://www.stateintegrity.org/reform_efforts



The Center for Public Integrity is ordinarily characterized as a liberal or progressive org by both the left and the right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Public_Integrity

Criticism of CPI frequently addresses the source of its financial support. Despite its claims to be a nonpartisan news organization that subscribes to the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, CPI has been accused of bias towards left-wing political causes because it has accepted money from organizations and individuals that favor liberal policies and/or actively oppose right-wing political causes.
Funding from George Soros

CPI has been criticized for accepting large funds from George Soros, a politically active billionaire and critic of the Bush administration. The web site of one of Soros' organizations, the Open Society Institute, discloses four grants to the CPI, all made before George W. Bush's entry into the 2004 presidential contest. They are:

A $72,400 one-year grant in 2000 supporting "an investigative journalism series on prosecutorial misconduct."

A $75,000 one-year grant in 2001 supporting "an examination of wrongful convictions resulting from prosecutorial misconduct."
A $100,000 one-year grant in 2002 "to investigate the political spending of the telecommunications industry on the federal, state and local levels."
A $1 million three-year grant in 2002 "to support the Global Access Project."


Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post wrote, "that CPI has engaged in a non-stop accusations against the Kochs and that CPI is also funded by Soros money (at least in part) raise suspicion as to whether this is advocacy journalism (reporting with an agenda) or truly independent journalism."

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Reply State corruption risk report. More than half the states received a "D" or an "F" (Original post)
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 OP
dlwickham Feb 2013 #1
RebelOne Feb 2013 #2
cordelia Feb 2013 #6
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #19
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #3
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #8
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #14
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #17
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #22
GoCubsGo Feb 2013 #4
Progressive dog Feb 2013 #5
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #10
Progressive dog Feb 2013 #20
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #7
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #9
Wellstone ruled Feb 2013 #11
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #13
GentryDixon Feb 2013 #16
lpbk2713 Feb 2013 #12
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #15
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #18
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #21

Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:30 PM

1. WV is only 29th?

damn-our reputation has hit the skids

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. Georgia has the lowest ranking. Glad to see that, 'cause I thought

some of our politicians were crooks.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:37 PM

6. No kidding.

I'm still not so sure about some of them, starting with Nathan Deal.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:06 PM

19. Georgia is the most at risk for corruption.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:32 PM

3. I don't trust this chart at all.

Alaska's politics are so corrupt, everyone has come to accept it as normal. I don't know how many more outrages we can accept.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:39 PM

8. Your overall grade was D+.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:53 PM

14. Oh, thanks for that.

A LOT more accurate. And, wow, we get a D+ and yet rank 32nd? How corrupt is this country anyway???

I'm glad to see they caught the redistricting on that and gave Alaska an F. The gerrymandering has already been through court once, the redistricting board played around with it some more, and our Supreme Court still rejected their plan, but it was too close to the election for them to go back a third time. The result is that the Republicans have a supermajority in the House, 30 to 10, and 13-7 advantage in the Senate. With many ALEC-based bills being proposed this year and our governor wanting to give the oil companies a $2 billion a year tax break, it's not looking good for us. If we can hold out to 2014 and a more fair redistricting, we might survive.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:00 PM

17. What was the result of the meeting to get the Benedict Arnold out of your district?

 

Inquiring minds wants to know.

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Response to Hard Assets (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:48 PM

22. There were about 50 people there,

all very upset. We have decided to go ahead with recall efforts, even though it's a time-consuming exercise and probably won't reach a final resolution until shortly before her term ends, especially with all the Republican obstacles that we'll face along the way. (Our lieutenant governor, who was the head of Mitt Romney's efforts in Alaska, is the one in charge of elections and deciding whether our reasons for recall are sufficient to hold a recall election.) The thought is, though, that enough damage will be done to her reputation, as people fan out to get signatures on a recall petition, that she won't stand much of a chance of re-election in 2014. We want to emphasize to the Republicans in the district, too, that she is untrustworthy and could backstab them just as easily as she did us. We're also going to keep up letter-writing efforts and anything we can do to keep attention on her. Our understanding is that she's somewhat "fragile" emotionally so there's even some possibility that she might quit under pressure, rather like someone else we can think of.

Her reasons for switching were so petty, really. She was miffed because the Democrats in the House wouldn't give her one of the few D seats on the finance committee, so when the Republicans offered it to her if she would join their party, she jumped at it. From what I understand from former reps who were at the meeting Thursday, she's kind of a spoiled little rich girl who doesn't work hard, likes to rack up the frequent flyer miles and stamps her feet when she doesn't get her way. We were told that the Republicans have little respect for her and are just using her to gain their supermajority so that they don't have to listen to any Democratic amendments or anything.

The fact is that District 19 in west Anchorage is one of the few districts in Alaska that went wholeheartedly for Obama, 52%, when he was at 40% statewide. This is clearly a Democratic-leaning district, even though the majority of registered voters are undeclared. If we had wanted a Republican representative, we would have voted for the other guy. Lindsey won this election 55 to 45, AS A DEMOCRAT. For her to switch parties even before she was sworn in (and after three terms as a Democrat) is almost fraudulent, in my opinion. We also have people following the money trails.

We have another meeting this afternoon to work on language for the recall petition, dividing up tasks and preparing press releases.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:35 PM

4. Wow! South Carolina is 45th.

I can't believe they're ranked that high. Not surprised to see MI, VA, and GA at the bottom, too.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:35 PM

5. NY 37th- sure

Darts at wall numbers?

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Response to Progressive dog (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:41 PM

10. Do you think NY is better than that?

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:11 PM

20. With Sheldon Silver of the assembly and the independent Senate Dems

who caucus with the Rethugs, the girl friend beater and the NYC crook from the Democrats who kept the Rethugs in control of the state Senate previously, and the long time majority leader (Rethug) in the state Senate who is in jail for corruption--the former state Comptroller (Democrat), serving time for corruption--the previous governor (Democrat) who resigned over a prostitute scandal. We have bipartisan corruption in NY. Other states would have to be horrible to beat us, I'm sure we are too far down the list.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:38 PM

7. TX is only 27th? Did they do this survey before Goodhair took office?

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:40 PM

9. 27th still gives Texas a grade of D+

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:47 PM

11. Utah 36th,what a joke.

This state is run by the Temple Square crowd. Corrupt to the core. Payoffs and bribes are a way of doing business here. Who did this survey,the Camber of Commerce? What a joke!!!

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:51 PM

13. 37 gives Utah a D (Apparently NO ONE has clicked on the link to see what the ranking means.)

http://www.stateintegrity.org/utah

About the Center for Public Integrity.


The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:58 PM

16. Lane Beatty at your service. nt

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:51 PM

12. Florida gets an 'A' on redistricting.




This piece is from The Onion, right?


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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:54 PM

15. Did you click on the link to find out WHY it got an "A"?

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:06 PM

18. Georgia is the most corrupt (50), NJ is the least (1)

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:12 PM

21. The point of the report is not which state is most corrupt but rather...

which states because of lack of transparency, etc. are at risk for corruption in the following categories:

Public Access to Information

Political Financing

Executive Accountability

Legislative Accountability

Judicial Accountability

State Budget Processes

State Civil Service Management

Procurement

Internal Auditing

Lobbying Disclosure

State Pension Fund Management

Ethics Enforcement AgenciesState Insurance Commissions

Redistricting

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