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March 4, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

MY STATE CAN BEAT UP YOUR STATE....We still don't have much in the way of election news, so while we're waiting around you might want to click here and find out how your state rates for "efficiency and effectiveness," according to the Pew Center on the States. The top rated states are Virginia, Utah, and Washington, which all get an A-. The lowest rated state is New Hampshire, which gets a D+. My home state of California gets a C, and believe me, that's a gentleman's C if I ever saw one.

Anyway, I have no idea whether these rankings really mean anything. A brief explanation of what they're based on is here. Have fun.

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aol, i believe, had a readers' poll on the subject. no one gave their state an A; most graded an f or a d, for what that is worth.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on March 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Whoever made up those ratings obviously never sat in Virginia traffic.

Posted by: Mark on March 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Were they graded on some kind of curve? thats an awful lot of above average states there.

I notice the Monkey State seems to detect grade inflation as well.

Posted by: dontcallmefrancis on March 4, 2008 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Well, if Texas gets a B+, you know something is wrong.

Posted by: dms on March 4, 2008 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

Whomever made up the ratings obviously HAS fractured an axle or wheel on the scandalously unkempt roads of New Hampshire.

Posted by: bpn on March 4, 2008 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

C+? The Land of Aloha only gets a C+? Oh, well -- we have a Republican governor with a real penchant for withholding monies appropriated for education and human services by the Democratic-controlled state legislature, alwayts complaining about the need to strengthen our state's bond rating.

But when it comes to supporting corporate enterprises like the military, hotels, construction, our newly privatized nascent ferry system, etc., she'll move like Looney Tunes' Taz the Tasmanian Devil himself, in order to ensure they get what they want.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on March 4, 2008 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK

Woo-hoo! Indiana! A B! My mom and dad will be so proud!

Posted by: DMC on March 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

How the h@ll does my home state of Illinois get a C? We're the home of political corruption. I've seen first hand the inefficiencies of partisan corruption at the state, county and city levels. Come on! Call a spade a spade. Illinois deserves no better than a c- and probably worse...

Posted by: Mark on March 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

I reckon this marks the end of your negative attitude about the Texas Republican Party, huh Calpundit?

Posted by: Martin on March 4, 2008 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

the TREES in my State can beat up the trees in your state

warning, the trees in my state are about 300 feet tall

oh, and you SoCal guys

our Redwoods can kick your joshua trees' asses too

Posted by: on March 4, 2008 at 10:23 PM | PERMALINK

B- PUNKS! B FREAKIN MINUS!

YEEEAAAHHH! And I can guarantee you that North Carolina pulled an all-nighter to dodge a D.

Go Tar Heels!

Posted by: Winston Smith on March 4, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm, top-performing states went for Obama, while worst-performing states went for Clinton. Coincidence?

Stop! Be serene! I'm messin' with y'all!

And I can guarantee you that North Carolina pulled an all-nighter to dodge a D.

Now that made me howl.

Posted by: shortstop on March 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

There is absolutely no way that Louisiana is in the upper half of this chart. Frankly, nothing works here. Nothing is efficient. Our corruption is worse than all ya'lls (you too, Chicago). And nothing here is effective. I love New Orleans and all, but please don't pretend as though it is effective and efficient. I'm holding back my barf. My respect for PEW has plummeted.

Posted by: Perplexed in Louisiana on March 4, 2008 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

how did Alabama score ???

I found this in the readers' responses to the WHNT scandal:

"Alabama has more ignorance per square foot then just about any other state in our nation"

would that affect the rankings

Posted by: freepatriot on March 4, 2008 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

Texas gets a B-plus? Great, Gov. Helmethair Rick Perry and the rest of the numbnuts here will brag about that; Tom DeLay will probably use it as an excuse for a political comeback.

No effing way that's right.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on March 5, 2008 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

These rankings were clearly produced from a random number table.

Louisiana near the top? Huh?

Posted by: ColoZ on March 5, 2008 at 3:15 AM | PERMALINK

I live in Ohio and I'd like to know who the state government paid off to get a rating above D?

Posted by: Gandalf on March 5, 2008 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

they forgot DC!

Posted by: tom veil on March 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

"Efficiency and effectiveness?!"

That is so 70's. We've passed through that and Qpride and "Do it right the first time" and the Malcolm Baldridge award and ISO 9000 and a few others I'm sure I'm missing and we are now onto "agile" and "lean."

Posted by: Tripp on March 5, 2008 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

I was happy to learn this. One would think that it would chasten assholes like Tim Eyman. But then, facts just confuse Rethugs.

Still, the local media needs to beat him over the nose with a rolled-up copy of this every time he files an initiative.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Whoever made up those ratings obviously never sat in Virginia traffic. Posted by: Mark

You don't like your local traffic? I would guess you don't need to look any further for placing blame than the majority of cars around you with single occupants.

Americans are thoughtless, lazy and selfish. The only way to get them out of cars is to legislate them out. Gas will probably go to $5.00/gallon in less than five years. Do you think that will be enough to get people to support mass transit? Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 5, 2008 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK
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