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Soles among effective senators leaving office

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Some of the most effective state senators will not be returning to the Senate next year. The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research says at least five of the 16 most effective senators have resigned or won't seek reelection.

Sen. R.C. Soles, who represents Columbus, Brunswick and Pender Counties, is calling it quits after serving 21 terms in the General Assembly. He's the longest-serving member and ranks 12th in effectiveness.

Gaston County's David Hoyle, ranked third, is also not seeking re-election, along with Duplin County's Charles Albertson.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand and Robeson County's David Weinstein both left the Senate for appointments in Gov. Perdue's administration.

Effectiveness rankings are based on responses to surveys, registered lobbyists, and the capital news media who cover state government.

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Soles has to go

Political pork money is one thing, but with a leader like this it surely has depressed the growth and financial investment that could have come our way. This guy has stymied growth and prosperity much more than any of the government cheese is worth that he has brought in to buy votes with.

We need to turn a new leaf, and not a tobacco leaf. We need non-corrupt leadership with new ideas without this guy's skeletons lurking about.

This state doesn't need crooked politicians like this just to get national support for what it needs. We don't need the money if it has this guy's name attached to it.

Well

now that all those concerned locals, who stood around on street corners spewing forth innuendo and hearsay, have contributed to Senator Soles' decision not to run for re-election, let's see haw many state dollars flow into Columbus County after the installation of his replacement.

His personal life was his personal life. So after all the dust settles, he got hit with a midemeanor conviction and $1000 fine.

Guess we'll see if it was worth it when the Raleigh water tap is closed down.

Did you notice, about 60 days ago, the million dollar grant which flowed in.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the next one.