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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

June 27, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Wednesday briefing: Planned Parenthood and Sen. Litzow; DelBene on TV; Jeb Bush in town

Good Morning.

State Sen. Steve Litzow, the Mercer Island Republican who was the first legislator to break with his party and announce support for a new gay marriage law, wonders aloud if pro-choice groups are too harshly partisan.

Litzow sent an interesting piece by Campbell Brown in The New York Times that has obvious connections to his own re-election campaign. He is running against Democrat Maureen Judge, who nailed endorsements from those groups.

Brown, TV reporter-anchor-writer, questioned the wisdom or lack thereof of pro choice groups, such as Planned Parenthood, pursuing a strategy of alienation rather than wooing candidates in both political parties.

Litzow is pro choice but voted against the Reproductive Parity Act in the midst of a complicated budget maneuver in Olympia. He wanted to keep the budget proceedings going.

“The whole point is they have gotten so militant and extremist that they are costing themselves in the long run,” said Litzow. “The article rang true to what i think is going on in the state of Washington. Planned Parenthood and NARAL have become extreme in terms of who they support.

What do you think? Are Planned Parenthood and NARA too partisan for their own good?

Political observers have been waiting for the first TV ads of the 2012 campaign season to go up on the air. It’s a bookend sort of moment.

They have been anticipating these ads and other get-to-know-me activities by1st Congressional District contest, Suzan DelBene. DelBene is finally up with an ad.

DelBene is viewed as the establishment candidate in a crowded race. But at least one poll shows voters do not know her well.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in town Wednesday to talk about closing the education achievement gap, and, yes, the list of ideas includes charter schools. Bush is meeting Wednesday morning with Sen. Litzow, state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, two supporters of charter schools, and about 15 other legislators from both parties. He is also appearing at a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

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