Business Insider declares Colorado not so guilty

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Finally, an excuse to chant “We’re Number 40!”

Last week, Business Insider drew upon Justice Department statistics to create an infograph ranking the “most corrupt” states from first to last.

Louisiana, the publication determined, is the most corrupt state in the union, while South Carolina finished last. Colorado, meanwhile, ranked a respectably wide-eyed 40th.

The only problem, really, is with Business Insider’s definition of “corruption,” which it bases on the percentage of criminal convictions among a state’s general population. That would make Florida only the 20th-worst in the country.   

By contrast, the New York Times, while reporting on the recent arrest of three suburban Miami mayors, declared the Sunshine State a "hothouse for corruption," noting how Florida ranked first in convictions of public officials between 2000 and 2010.

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