Kevin McCarney, chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party, checks election results at the GOP office in Grand Junction, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Barton Glasser for Colorado Newsline)
Republicans who gathered at the Mesa County party assembly on Saturday in Grand Junction had the opportunity to vote on 46 proposed resolutions. One of the resolutions proposed supporting the “registration and regulation of journalism to protect against the Marxist agenda.”
Anyone may submit a resolution at their party precinct caucus. Resolutions are then compiled onto a paper ballot and voted on by delegates at the county assembly, said Mesa County GOP Chairman Kevin McCarney.
“Personally, I’m against regulation of any business,” said McCarney, when asked if he supports the resolution that would register and regulate journalism.
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Grand Junction Republican Mike Moran, who participated in Mesa County’s caucus and assembly meetings said he found the resolution targeting journalism “outrageous” — although that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be critical of the media, he said.
“That’s a direct conflict with the First Amendment,” said Moran, a former journalist who now sells real estate. “Why would we go there?
After county assembly votes are tallied, the resolutions that pass are sent to state party officials, and 10 to 15 resolutions similarly submitted by various counties are compiled to be voted on at the state Republican Party assembly in Colorado Springs, said state Republican Party spokesman Joe Jackson.
Each county comes up with its own list of resolutions, said Jackson. Some counties submit none, while other counties put forward a few, and some — like Mesa County — come up with dozens of resolutions.
The Republican Party opposes socialist & communist policies and tyranny, and publicly denounces Democrats & the Democrat Party as communists.
– Proposed Mesa County GOP resolution
Delegates from around Colorado will vote on resolutions at the state assembly, April 9, to determine what to include in the official party platform. As many as 4,738 delegates have been approved, although Jackson said he doesn’t necessarily expect that number will attend the meeting in Colorado Springs.
Another example of a resolution originating in Mesa County states: “The Republican Party supports the 2nd Amendment, and supports the private ownership of AR-15s, 30-round magazines, and semi-automatic weapons.”
AR-15 semi-automatic rifles are controversial due to their use in high-profile mass shootings.
Three resolutions on Mesa County’s ballot would change the voting process:
- “The Republican Party supports the abolition of automatic voter registration.”
- “The Republican Party supports eliminating computerized voting systems in Colorado.”
- “The Republican Party supports the abolition of mail-in voting, reducing or eliminating early in-person voting, and requiring that all votes be cast in person on paper ballots after state-issued ID has been shown at a polling location (exceptions only for military members, or those physically disabled who present written justification).”
The last resolution on the Mesa County ballot proposes: “The Republican Party opposes socialist & communist policies and tyranny, and publicly denounces Democrats & the Democrat Party as communists.”
The fact that people can submit whatever proposed resolution they want is indicative of how open the process is, noted Moran, who said he disagreed with the resolution publicly denouncing Democrats and the Democratic Party as communists.
“There are plenty of Democrats not in favor of socialism,” Moran said. “Every party gets painted with those broad labels. Part of the problem is the lack of listening on all sides.”
As of Wednesday, ballots collected at the Mesa County GOP assembly were still being counted.
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