The advantage of living in NY state is that you have a paper like the NY Times that can publish your foibles for everyone to see. I wish it had more effect but I'd guess in many states few people even have the opportunities to read articles detailing some of the bad bills going through their state legislature, unless those people are in the increasingly small segment that doesn't get their news online and reads their local paper closely. Here in NY, we at least don't have the excuse that the information is too hard to get.
It does make me that much more sceptical that information matters in public policy though since we're so exceptionally dysfunctional. The increased scrutiny hasn't led to any particularly postive impacts that I can detect.