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Carl Bunce was a Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 3rd Congressional District (map) of Nevada. He was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.). On August 12, 2008, Bunce placed third in the Nevada Republican primary, receiving 7% of the vote.
Positions, record and controversies
After being being taken to a Ron Paul rally in 2007 by his brother, Mr. Bunce developed an avid interest in politics.
Carl Bunce applied and was hired as a computer consultant for the Ron Paul Campaign in November 2007.
Nevada Republican Convention
On January 19, 2008, Nevada held it's first Presidential Caucuses. Ron Paul won 13.7% of the vote, coming in second behind Mitt Romney with 51%.
On April 26, 2008, Carl Bunce and a group of Ron Paul supporters launched an unsuccessful effort to change the party rules as they had in the county conventions, hijack the Nevada Republican Party Convention in Reno, and elect delegates for their candidate to the national GOP convention in September.
Because there were neither enough ballots or time after the rules were changed to vote on the 200 nominations from the floor, the Nevada GOP was forced to recess the convention before the delegates could be named. Voting irregularites, including some convention-goers attempting to cast more than one ballot, contributed to the additional time needed to insure a fair election.
On May 17, 2008, Carl Bunce sent an angry message to Nevada Republican Chairwoman Sue Lowden and the GOP members who didn't support his faction.
"I am sick of all you people that act like you are so 'active'... If everyone is so active why is the REP Voter Registration 80,000+ behind DEM’s in Clark County? You all must be doing something right? A warning to all current GOP members in NV. If you are involved in any fraud and/or corruption at any level. Quit now!"
June 28 Rump Convention
Although Ron Paul officially dropped out of the Presidential race on June 12, 2008, Carl Bunce and a small group of Paul supporters continued to push for their slate of delegates to go to the national convention. Bunce helped organize a rump convention of the Nevada GOP on June 28, 2008.
Because the meeting was not called by the state central committee and fell several hundred attendees short of a quorum, the Republican National Committee refused to recognize the slate of delegates elected there. Instead, the RNC instructed the Nevada Republican Party to proceed with selecting its delegates for the national convention.
The Nevada GOP scheduled a reconvening on July 26, but not enough delegates responded. Chairwoman Sue Lowden announced the Executive Committee would then select Nevada's delegation.
Lawsuit Against the Nevada Republican Party
In July 2008, Mr. Bunce and a group of approximately two dozen Republican Delegates filed a lawsuit against the Nevada GOP to block the party from selecting delegates to the GOP National Convention. That case was dismissed, and on July 25, 2008 the Nevada Republican Party named 31 delegates to go to St. Paul. According to a statement released by the party, Presidential preference was not a consideration in selecting Nevada's delegates.
More on the candidate's "principles and platform" can be found on his campaign website.
Basic principles and platform
Bunce's website says: "I believe that our government is created solely to ensure and secure the life, liberty and property of the citizens of this country, that the Declaration of Independence defines the philosophical foundation of our country, and that the Constitution of the United States is the basic law governing the existence and operation of the U.S. Federal Government and the first ten amendments describe its limits."
Bunce's website says: "I support less government, less taxes, less regulation and more self-determination. I believe that all legislation, Federal Agencies, and public servants must adhere to a literal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and as instructed by the Tenth Amendment, in conjunction with Article I, Section 8."
Taxes and Government Spending
Bunce's website says: "I support reform of Social Security, including establishment of private retirement accounts and prohibiting use of its funds for any other purpose. All citizens should have the right to opt out of the Social Security System, but the federal government must honor its commitments to those who have already paid, and are legally in the U.S and remain in the system. I oppose all forms of Nationalized Healthcare. I support balanced state, local and federal budgets. I oppose unfunded mandates, Riders, Earmarks and Set-asides at both the state and national level. I also support the permanent elimination of the Federal Death Tax."
Bunce's website says: "I support a parent’s right to choice in education. I support the elimination of the central planning of the U.S. Department of Education. I oppose requiring licensure for parents who choose to home school their children. I strongly support the elimination of the No Child Left Behind law and want the State of Nevada to replace the No Child Left Behind concept altogether with more localized decision making."
Bunce's website says: "I strongly support initiatives to maximize the development of domestic oil, gas, coal, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear resources, and the development of alternative sources of energy to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. I believe all new energies should come from a free market solution and not from government subsidizes."
Bunce's website says: "I want to repeal of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 and reaffirm the right of free political speech in this country. I support legislation to require full disclosure of all donations made to political candidates. I adamantly support the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the return of the power of minting and coining money to the Congress of the United States as designed in the Constitution by our founders. I absolutely demand that electronic voting only be allowed when uniquely numbered receipts are provided to the voter and results are made publicly available showing simultaneously all votes comprising the total by receipt number. I believe voting fraud is the biggest crime against our Republic."
Bunce's website says: "I believe in informing juries that it is their power and duty to decide on both the law and the facts as they apply to each case so that justice is the main priority. I strongly support Jury nullification and the right to nullify bad laws."
"Bunce's website says: "I welcome legal immigrants from all nations, cultures and races. I want strict enforcement of all immigration laws by all levels of government. The federal government must secure our borders with troops as we do in other countries around the world. I do not support amnesty, government benefits or other special treatment for people who have or will enter the United States illegally."
National Defense and Veteran’s Affairs
Bunce's website says: "I support all of our men and women in the military. I support a strong National Defense program. Any enemy of the United States should have to think twice before approaching our borders or by land, sea, or air. There should be no greater desire in our federal government then to defend our borders. I support honoring veterans with education benefits, that are transferable to family members. I support a strong Veterans Administration Program to assure veterans and their families receive the care and support as promised when they take on the responsibility to defend our country."
Constitution, Bill of Rights and Protection of Rights
Bunce's website says: "I support repealing the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and F.I.S.A. legislation. I support repeal of the federal act requiring a national ID card or other required identity papers providing government with more “Big Brother” intrusion against our freedoms granted to us by our creator and described in the Constitution."
U.S. Sovereignty & Trade
Bunce's website says: "I strongly urge the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations. I oppose the North American Union (NAU), the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and want Congress to resume their Constitutional duty of regulating Commerce with Foreign Nations."
Carl Bunce is a School District Administrator for the Clark County School District, he works in the Web Services Department and creates tools for students and teachers to make their daily tasks easier. His department maintains the web site and mail services for the entire school district. Carl is married and has one son.
Carl Bunce has lived in Nevada since July 4th, 2003.
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Bunce will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Attended Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Face Book
Was a member of the EKU Track team from 1995 to 2000, he was a sprinter competing in the 55m, 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m and various relays. Source
Honorary Member of Lambda Chi Alpha for the work he did for the local chapter at EKU. Face Book
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Nevada and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 
- ↑ RealClearPolitics - Nevada Republican Caucus Results
- ↑ Elko Daily - Paul supporters seek rule change at GOP convention
- ↑ Wshoe County GOP - Nevada GOP Convention Cut Short
- ↑ Wall Street Journal - Nevada GOP Cancels Convention
- ↑ Lowden Line - About Last Week's Convention
- ↑ Channel 4 KRNV - Heated arguments end Republican convention
- ↑ Las Vegas Review-Journal - Recessed GOP Convention Leaves Questions
- ↑ Carl Bunce Comments on 'Corruption' in the Nevada GOP
- ↑ UNR Libertarians - Ron Paul's Farewell Address
- ↑ Ron Paul Supporters Organize Unlawful Rump Convention
- ↑ Las Vegas Review-Journal State Convention: No GOP gathering planned
- ↑ Las Vegas Review-Journal - GOP Convention: State Republican Party Sued
- ↑ Reno Gazette-Journal - Judge won't stop state GOP from appointing delegates
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 15.9 "My Principles and Platform," Official Carl Bunch for Congress website.
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District
- Paultards Ruin GOP Convention Wonkette, April 28, 2008
- Dave Nalle GOP In Crisis, Conflict or Common Ground Blogcritics, April 30, 2008
- Mike Weber, Message from Mike Weber about the Nevada Republican Convention UNR College Libertarians, June 9, 2008.
- Amanda Becker, "Nevada Ron Paul Supporters Stage Rogue GOP Convention," Huffington Post, June 23, 2008.
- Carl Bunce Selected as Delegate at Nevada GOP Rump Convention NevadaGOPConvention.com, June 28, 2008.
- Chuck Muth The Little Convention That Couldn't Muth's Truths, July 17, 2008.
- Delegates at State Convention Sue Nevada Republican Party MSNBC, July 24, 2008.Link title