With corruption very much in the news thanks to comically corrupt and stupid governor Blagojevich, this seemed topical. A report released last year listed the 35 most populous states from most to least corrupt. Louisiana came in number one. This should come as no surprise (William Jefferson, recently voted out, had had $90,000 in cash in his freezer. He's just the latest in a long line.) It's followed by Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama. Illinois comes in at number 6, though clearly not for lack of trying. New Jersey, another state known for corruption, come in at 9. My own state is 20, not so bad (state governments pretty clean, though there certainly is corruption at the local level... remember Kwame Kilpatrick). Alaska is to small to make the list but would doubtless have scored highly. The ranks can be found here.
Speaking of corruption... the Golden Duke "scandal awards" have come out. Expect Blagojevich to sweep the top scandal, Eliot Spitzer may hit best sex and carnality. Local scandal: I'm thinking from our own home state... Kwame Kilpatrick.