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Another Best and Worst List

Updated on July 2, 2012

Comparing the Best and the Worst....

The State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA | Source

Does political ideology govern outcomes?

Only 11 governorships are being contested in Election 2012. Some are safe for the incumbent governors' party, but that aside, I thought it would be interesting to examine a recent listing of best states and worst states to guess as to whether or not political ideology makes any difference in how those states are doing over-all.

The evaluation was based on a number of factors with each state's finances and their residents' finances playing a significant part of their ratings, while unemployment, crime, education, etc., were all factored in.

At the present time (prior to Election 2012 in November 2012) here is how the political parties governing the "Best" rated states looked:

State/Governor/Legislature (Upper & Lower Chambers)

Wyoming Republican/Republican/Republican

Nebraska Republican/Republican(Single Chamber)

North Dakota Republican/Republican/Republican

Minnesota Democrat/Republican/Republican

Iowa Republican/Democrat/Republican

Utah Republican/Republican/Republican

Vermont Democrat/Democrat/Democrat

Virginia Republican/Republican/Republican

Kansas Republican/Republican/Republican

South Dakota Republican/Republican/Republican

Here is how the political parties governing the "Worst" rated states looked:

California Democrat/Democrat/Democrat

Illinois Democrat/Democrat/Democrat

Michigan Republican/Republican/Republican

Arizona Republican/Republican/Republican

Nevada Republican/Democrat/Democrat

South Carolina Republican/Republican/Republican

Kentucky Democrat/Republican/Democrat

Rhode Island Independent/Democrat/Democrat

Louisiana Republican/Republican/Republican

New Mexico Republican/Democrat/Democrat

While the make-up of the Representatives and Senators from each state is shown in the second link provided just following this article, they are not broken down here (although many American are of the opinion that they are "broken down" in Washington, DC!)

How a state is governed has a lot to do with the character and voting of its citizens, and is most controlled at the local level. That can be debated, of course, because federal programs have been increasingly intrusive in the 20th and 21st centuries. But taking the federal role in each state with a grain of salt, state leadership says a lot about every state.

If your state is not listed, you can be thankful it is not considered one of the "Worst" and hope that your leadership is still striving to make it one of the "Best".

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      If our government was the oil company I worked for a lot of our leaders would be spending a lot of time in HR (human resources).

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Mhatter99: If many politicl "leaders" had been where I worked for 8.5 years, they would have been the inmates I was supervising!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Good to see the comparison between best and the worst, an addition to my knowledge, thanks

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      girishpuri: You would have to use the links to assess "how much better" versus "how much worse." But generally speaking, the amount of state indebtedness and the personal indebtedness in those states reflect somewhat on the liberal and the conservative views in the elected leadership of those states.

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