- Posted December 8, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Iowa voters: What's your number one issue?
Iowans are disgusted!
I have spoke to many people here in Iowa and have heard the same story from both Democrats and Republicans; our politicians flat out continue to fail us.
Special interest groups and such are a huge part if not most of the problem.
Advocacy groups (also pressure groups, lobby groups and some interest groups and special interest groups) use various forms of advocacy to influence public opinion and/or policy; they have played and continue to play an important part in the development of political and social systems. Groups vary considerably in size, influence and motive; some have wide ranging long term social purposes, others are focused and are a response to an immediate issue or concern.
Motives for action may be based on a shared political, faith, moral or commercial position. Groups use varied methods to try to achieve their aims including lobbying, media campaigns, publicity stunts, polls, research and policy briefings. Some groups are supported by powerful business or political interests and exert considerable influence on the political process, others have few such resources.
Some have developed into important social, political institutions or social movements. Some powerful Lobby groups have been accused of manipulating the democratic system for narrow commercial gain;  and in some instances have been found guilty of corruption, fraud, bribery and other serious crimes;  lobbying has become increasingly regulated as a result. Some groups, generally ones with less financial resources, may use direct action and civil disobedience and in some cases are accused of being a threat to the social order or 'domestic extremists'.
The Iowa Caucus is fast approaching and I believe we have little choice with the candidates in the mix. But even if a viable Republican candidate was in the mix, they would still have the same problems President Obama has, if elected. Our country has gone to hell because of the way Washington “tries” to run it.
Many politicians have stopped at Smokey Row Coffee Co. in Oskaloosa Iowa. We are a diverse, but well rounded community with many opinions. Maybe this is why so many candidates stop in our wonderful town.
So stop in and chat with us John King, we would love to have you!
Below are the voter numbers going into the 2008 election.
MAHASKA COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION (Nov. 1, 2007 Active)
Total (Active) 14,018
Republican 5,441 (38.81%)
Democratic 3,090 (22.04%)
Non-Partisan 5,487 (39.14%)