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Top Republican asks top Dems to block Soles

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- The top Republican in the state Senate wants the governor and the Senate's top Democrat to block bills filed recently by Sen. R.C. Soles. Soles has come under widespread criticism, even from fellow Democrats, for introducing three bills that could personally benefit him and his political allies.

Sen. Phil Berger wrote to Gov. Perdue and Sen. Marc Basnight, asking them to do everything in their power to keep the bills from becoming law. Berger also wants action on ethics reform bills that passed the house last year but have been sitting in the senate.

The governor's office tells us transparency and accountability are some her top priorities, and if Soles's legislation makes it to her desk, she will review it carefully.

Our call to Sen. Basnight's office was not returned.

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