If you beat ’em, you can still join ’em

There was interesting and refreshing news from Denver last week. State Rep. Laura Bradford, the Collbran Republican who defeated incumbent Democrat Bernie Buescher in the House District 55 race last year, is now carrying legislation that Buescher’s office suggested to her.

It’s not that Bradford is going to become a Buescher clone, pushing the same political agenda that he espoused while in the Legislature. That’s not about to happen, given the differences the two had on issue like taxes and energy regulations.

But Buescher is now the Colorado secretary of state, having been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter after former Secretary of State Mike Coffman was elected to Congress. And Buescher has long been interested in making the state’s election process more streamlined and less redundant.

Apparently Bradford feels the same and good for her.

The bill she is carrying at the behest of the secretary of state’s office won preliminary approval in the House last week. It clears up what items county clerks are required to report to the secretary of state regarding voter registration. And it would bring Colorado’s statewide voter database, known as SCORE, into compliance with federal election laws. Also, it will eliminate the need for county clerks to perform tasks the statewide voter database makes redundant.

This isn’t a controversial piece of legislation. It was unanimously approved by the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee of the House last Thursday. And it isn’t as momentous as the bills on issues such as the economy and transportation that are going to come before Legislature later this year.

Still, it’s worth noting when two former opponents, who fought a tough political duel, put aside their differences to do what they both believe is in the best interest of Colorado.

Kudos to both Buescher and Bradford. We hope that this — the first bill Bradford introduced in her new legislative career — is successful.


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