Under the Dome

Art Pope and Co. anchor McCrory transition

Governor-Elect Pat McCrory's transition team includes conservative stalwart and political contributor Art Pope and several others who worked at Pope-funded organizations.

Political operatiave Jack Hawke is a former president of the John W. Pope Civitas Institute. He's part of the transition team leadership.

Transition director Thomas Stith is a former Civitas Institute vice president.

Lindsey Wakely worked at the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, and is former legal counsel for Pope's company, Variety Wholesalers. She's the transition lawyer.

Pope is CEO and chairman of Variety Wholesalers and chairman and president of the John William Pope Foundation. He is a co-chairman overseeing transition operations.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Well folks

With the count barely in, the sour grape committee is already judging the winner. Good gracious, let the guy get into office before ripping him. And remember, we are coming from the worst  scandal ridden administration money could buy.

N&O Attack Dogs Switch Targets....

The N&O Attack Dogs that went after Paul Newby (unsuccessfully, I might add) are now officially redirected to an old McClatchy foe - the eeeevil arch villain Art Pope.

Like ravenous pitbulls, the handful of "reporters" still on the N&O payroll will now scratch and claw to file daily stories on the supposed eeevil machinations of "the Pope Machine".

Which reporter will be assigned to dive daily into which dumpster ???

Best governor Art Pope can buy

I hope the people that voted for McCrory are happy.  NC will be in the toilet in no time.

so much for his moderate label

He hasn't even takem office yet and he's surrounded himself with Art Pope minions. My hope for him lasted about 16 hours. God help this state. 

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