Another year, another 'A'. The Center for Public Integrity, an open government advocacy group, gave Washington the top grade for its laws requiring public officials to disclose potential conflicts of interest and the like.
Green means 'A'
But the top spot overall went to the home of Huey Long and William J. Jefferson. Louisiana shot up from 44th in the rankings to 1st, thanks to a newly-passed package of reforms. This ends a long reign at the top for the Evergreen state--we were #1 as far back as 1999 (if not earlier). Also funny: Alaska ranked 4th. H/t Political Buzz.