There is an ongoing series of posts at Talking Points Memo about which State is the leader in the important Government Corruption category.
Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada -- all of these are nicely corrupt little places, it's true. But one State towers over the others as a jackal stands among mere rats:
Look, if you want, the New Orleans bloggers can put together a comprehensive file for you. But you need to know it will be thick.
In the many categories that people argue for (cash involved, historical entrenchment, recent scandal, profile, fed/state/local), each of your wannabe states points out that the category they happen to be strongest in really matters the most. And that's why they're wannabes...they need special consideration.
Louisiana will let any state in the union pick the turf and the time. You want state level corruption? Local? Bring it. Historical tradition? Game on. Recent scandal? Easy money. You name the category, any category, and we'll have a big dog in that fight. And that is why Louisiana is the all time champ.
Speaking for the citizens of Illinois: we are not worthy.
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