Crazy States Are Back!
It's been a long time since I've visited my Crazy State Power Rankings. In fact, last I touched them on March 30. It's time to get this back on track. It doesn't seem right doing this now that MOsanthrope is no more, and there might not be quite the strong push for Missouri. But the show must go on.
If you haven't seen my rankings before, I rank states from craziest to least crazy.... the theoretical goal is to some day include all 50 state and the District of Columbia, but I haven't been that ambitious yet.
Salon published an article today regarding six states where there is likely to be voter suppression this year, so that article is weighing heavily in my mind. The six states are Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Indiana.
So, without further delay....
1. Kansas Previously #1
Kansas has never fallen from it's perch for me at the top. Seriously, can someone tell me a way in which Kansas is not crazy?
2. Missouri Previously #2
One of the Salon Six. I considered pushing it up to #1. I really did. Maybe if MOsanthrope returns, I could be conviced.
3. Virginia Previously #4
Not one of the Salon Six, but we do have electronic voting without a paper trail. And George Allen.
4. Florida Previously #5
One of the Salon Six, and the place where voting is the most screwed up in general (although Ohio is closing in). And while Katherine Harris is getting crushed in her Senate bid, she still lives there.
5. Texas Previously #7
This ranking is all about Dubya, but if they elect Kinky.... well, they'll still be crazy, but in a good way.
6. Ohio Previously #16
The big mover on my list. One of the Salon Six, a horrible offendor in the voting rights arena, and did you see that trade the Reds made with the Nats?
7. Indiana Previously #12
Another Salon Six honoree.
8. Arizona New Entry
One of two debuts on my list, and a strong one for another Salon Six honoree.
9. Oklahoma Previously #3
Nothing new to report here. Just your typical Oklahoma crazy.
10. California Previously #14
Salon Six member, and while his re-election isn't a given, Governor "Jingle All The Way" still runs the place. I wanted to put this higher, but a certain someone wouldn't let me live it down if I said California was crazier than Oklahoma.
11. Alabama Previously #6
Nothin' much to say here.
12. Wisconsin Previously #15
Let me get this straight. Favre is STILL the QB?
13. Washington DC Previously #9
A small drop for DC, because of the same Nats-Reds trade.
14. New York New Entry
Speaking of bad baseball moves, didn't the Yankees see how bad Sidney Ponson was in St. Louis?
15. South Dakota Previously #8
I don't feel like picking on a Dakota so much today.
And the rest of the list...
16. Maryland Previously #10
17. Utah Previously #11
18. Wyoming Previously #13
19. Pennsylvania Previously #17
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