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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new study is grading states on their risk for corruption in politics. It found North Carolina is far from making the honor roll.

The grades are in for the year-long State Integrity investigation looking at the risk of corruption across the United States.

Several of the 50 states received an F. Not one scored an A. The Tar Heel State fell in the middle.

Cape Fear Community College political science professor Greg Arey says it’s not as bad as he thought it would be.

“The highest anyone got was a B, and only five states scored a B,” Arey said. “Everybody else got a C or below. We’re at a C-. We’re ranked 18 out of 50, which is just over 50 percent.”

Investigators graded each state in 14 different categories from political financing to redistricting.

Click here to see the whole investigation and grades

Arey says the state’s failing grade for redrawing legislative districts is not surprising considering the redistricting issues we’ve faced locally and across the state.

“We had the gerrymandering situation in the ’90s that got really bad and had to go to court over that,” he said. “We’ve had other type of gerrymandering issues, which is trying to favor one group over another, in all of our redistricting every time we do it, and so I think redistricting definitely gets an F.”

Other categories also receiving an F: the state budget process and public access to information.

“The question then becomes how transparent is the state in its process, and we all have to ask that, I think, when we go to the polls,” Arey said.

Professor Arey takes this report card with a grain of salt, though. He thinks the study needs to be looked at a little more thoroughly before too much is read into it.


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