Journalism regulation proposed as Republican resolution at Mesa County assembly – The Journal

Other proposed resolutions would denounce Democrats as communists, call for the abolition of mail-in voting

Mesa County Republican Party Chairman Kevin McCarney checks election results at the GOP office in Grand Junction, Nov. 3, 2020. (Barton Glasser for Colorado Newsline)

Republicans who gathered at the Mesa County party hall Saturday in Grand Junction were given the opportunity to vote on 46 proposed resolutions. One of the resolutions proposed supporting “registration and regulation of journalism to protect against the Marxist agenda”.

Anyone can submit a resolution to their party’s caucus. The resolutions are then tabulated on a ballot and voted on by delegates in the county assembly, Mesa County GOP Chairman Kevin McCarney said.

“I personally am against the regulation of any business,” McCarney said, when asked if he supported the resolution that would register and regulate journalism.

Grand Junction Republican Mike Moran, who attended caucus and Mesa County Assembly meetings, said he found the resolution targeting journalism “outrageous” — though that doesn’t mean people should not criticize the media, he said.

“It’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 passed are sent to state party officials, and 10 to 15 resolutions similarly submitted by various counties are compiled for vote at the party assembly. state Republican in Colorado Springs, said state Republican spokesman Joe. Jackson.

Each county comes up with its own list of resolutions, Jackson said. Some counties submit none, while others submit a few, and some — like Mesa County — submit dozens of resolutions.

Delegates from across Colorado will vote on the resolutions at the state assembly on April 9 to determine what to include in the party’s official platform. No fewer than 4,738 delegates were approved, though Jackson said he didn’t necessarily expect that many to attend the Colorado Springs meeting.

Another sample resolution from Mesa County states, “The Republican Party supports the 2nd Amendment and supports 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 Mesa County Ballot Resolutions would change the voting process:

  • “The Republican Party supports the abolition of automatic voter registration.”
  • “The Republican Party supports the elimination of computerized voting systems in Colorado.”
  • “The Republican Party supports the abolition of mail-in voting, the reduction or elimination of in-person early voting, and the requirement that all votes be cast in person on ballots after presentation of an exhibit. ID issued by the State at a polling station (exceptions only for the military or the physically handicapped who present a written justification).

The latest resolution on the Mesa County ballot reads, “The Republican Party opposes socialist and communist policies and tyranny, and publicly denounces Democrats and the Democratic Party as communists.”

The fact that people can submit any proposed resolution they want is indicative of the openness of the process, noted Moran, who said he disagreed with the resolution publicly denouncing Democrats and the Democratic Party as Communists.

“There are a lot of Democrats out there who don’t favor socialism,” Moran said. “Every party is painted with these large labels. Part of the problem is the lack of listening from all sides.

On Wednesday, ballots collected at the Mesa County GOP assembly were still counted.

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