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2/17/2014 9:52:00 AM
Kubacki Missing

Editor, Times-Union:
Saturday I attended the Legislative Third House sponsored by the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce. They did such a wonderful job. Mark Dobson is always so gracious in allowing everyone to ask questions and is an extremely fair moderator. If you have not attended one of those meetings, you should. They are so informative. By educating ourselves, we are informed voters, and informed voters give us great representation.
I am especially appreciative of Senator Mishler, Senator Head and Representative Wolkins for clearing their schedules to come out on a Saturday morning. They are doing an incredible job representing us. I appreciate their open door, their listening ear and candid answers. To my disappointment, there was an empty seat at the table. For some reason, State Representative Rebecca Kubacki was not there to answer our questions. I know many of us who attended, got up early in hopes that she would be able to answer questions as to her sudden Democrat-like voting record that she has presented since her re-election.
I personally wanted to know why she campaigned as a pro-marriage candidate, then after elected, turned around and stabbed us in the back by killing the marriage amendment, not only once, but twice. I really would have loved an answer to that.   
I would love to have questioned her on her polling data she presented at the last meeting. I attended  two legislative updates Saturday. I found it fascinating that Senator Mishler’s polling data on the marriage question showed 75 percent support adding the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the Indiana Constitution. (Senator Mishler’s district overlaps Ms. Kubacki’s and even includes St Joseph County, a more liberal area.) Senator Banks poll showed 79 percent in favor. Representative Kubacki told us at her last meeting only 43 percent of her district wanted the opportunity to vote. I’m no mathematician, but I smell a skunk in those numbers. I had that question today, and was unable to ask it because she wasn’t there to face her constituents after her vote. Could it be that maybe she didn’t want to face the 75 percent of voters she betrayed? Her “scheduling conflict” was a bit convenient if you ask me. I hope that at the next town hall, we are all able to ask her those questions. Because I think the constituents of district 22 deserve that.
Monica Boyer
Warsaw, via e-mail

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014
Article comment by: Karen Kusserow

I was incorrect in my statement regarding the polling responses. It does seem that if those polled wanted to see HJR-3 in our constitution that it would mean they wanted to vote on it, eventually. I do stand by my other comments though.

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014
Article comment by: Karen Kusserow

I also wanted an answer, from Wolkins, as to his REASONS behind his votes regarding HJR-3. I asked him and got a response from his assistant, via email, which did not answer my question at all. I've asked again .... and am waiting. On to polls....which I think we can all agree are subject to bias. At least that's what I hear from nearly everyone when the polls don't show what they want to see. Wolkin's question in his poll didn't even mention the 2nd sentence of the proposed amendment. How biased is that? As for Mishler and Kubacki, I think they covered the question pretty well. At least they stated all of the facts. They did not, however, ask anywhere if the people being polled wanted to vote. They just asked if they agreed or disagreed with the amendment being added to the state's constitution. Polls are subject to all sorts of error. Nonresponse bias, response bias, wording of questions (if you're going to accuse Kubacki of this then you'd better throw in Wolkins as well) and coverage bias. I also think you may be off a bit in your assumption about this community and HJR-3. Just my opinion. I look forward to seeing how Warsaw progresses in the next decade.

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