In news that would only surprise you if you’re Rip Van Winkle, Ohio is one of the most corrupt states in the country. We were, after all, the first state in the country to have a convicted criminal sitting in the Governor’s Office.

In other news that WOULD surprise you if you happen to be a FOX-swilling Rushpubliscum asshat voter, Ohio’s corruption has followed Rushpubliscum Governments, which have prevailed here for about the last 20 years.

In news that surprises none of us who have enough sense to wipe, prolonged Rushpubliscum governance ALWAYS results in high levels of criminal corruption.

Could we please, at long last, kick the frigging foxes out of the henhouse?

 

The risk of corruption inside state government is higher here than in most other states, according to a new report that gives Ohio an overall grade of D for anti-corruption efforts — 34th-worst in the country.

No state receives an A in the analysis being released today, which comes less than a week after Rep. W. Carlton Weddington, D-Columbus, became the first sitting state lawmaker to be indicted on a bribery charge in 100 years.

“We’re not measuring actual corruption. This is a look at more of the opposite — laws, policies and procedures in place to prevent corruption, and how effective they are,” said Caitlin Ginley, a staff writer for the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity. The center did what it is calling an unprecedented national investigation in partnership with Global Integrity and Public Radio International.

After consulting with experts to come up with 330 things to measure, the groups hired journalists in 50 states to do research and conduct interviews.

Ohio ranked especially poorly in five categories, getting an F or D-minus in lobbying disclosure, the redrawing of congressional maps, and accountability within the legislative, judicial and executive branches.

Nathaniel Heller, executive director of Global Integrity, said poor marks for accountability likely are the result of conflict-of-interest issues — gifts and travel for government officials, the state’s revolving-door policies and financial-disclosure requirements.

In many cases, according to those who worked on the study, states have adequate laws on the books. It often comes down to a lack of enforcement.

Ohio, for instance, ranked 48th-worst on the difference between what its laws say and what is actually done. The state fared best for its internal auditing and state budget procedures, getting a B and B-minus, respectively.

Gordon Witkin, managing editor for the Center for Public Integrity, said the FBI’s involvement in state-level corruption cases — Weddington was caught in a federal sting after a Dispatch story about him soliciting contributions — can show that “state mechanisms to self-police are inadequate or understaffed.”

 

Yes, Weddington was a Democrat. But Taft wasn’t. Nor was Ney. Or Tom Noe. Or Mecklenborg. Or Jarrod Martin. Or Mike Oxley. Or…. I could go on and on-you get the picture.

Let us not forget that Weddington was popped by the Federales because in Ohio, you just don’t get popped for corruption. The Rushpubliscum dominance of Government here has left corruption investigations as rare as sober Rushpubliscum Representatives on our highways. Or Rushpubliscums without strippers in their cars.

We had begun to go in the right direction, when Cordray was our AG. And then, we turned right around, and seated the incredibly corrupt (not to mention stupid) Mike DeWino in that position. With he and Kashitch in the saddle, thieves, embezzlers, extortionists, and similar types should feel free to run for office here.

It ain’t like they’re going to come after you or anything. Just make sure one of them nosy Feds ain’t around.

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