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Cake and cameras, but no McCrory

Except for some TV cameras, Bicentennial Mall in downtown Raleigh was mostly empty on Thursday when Madison Kimrey, a 12-year-old activist, showed up for a meeting with cake, lemonade and – hopefully – Gov. Pat McCrory.

“I didn’t poison it, I promise,” Madison said, gesturing to a homemade chocolate bundt cake. She announced in a YouTube video she wanted to eat cake and converse with the governor about some recently signed laws she disagrees with – namely the voter ID and election law. She also brought a 1,055-page petition she planned to deliver to him asking him for a meeting to discuss the voter ID law, specifically the provision that stops preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Cake "just giving us more ammo against Pat," 12-year-old protester says

Twelve-year-old Madison Kimrey got hooked on protesting about a month and a half ago, when she visited Florida during a demonstration outside a children's museum.

Madison, a Burlington resident, continued that activism this summer with Planned Parenthood and Occupy Raleigh back in her home state. And for her trouble, what has she gotten? A piece of cake.

Tuesday evening, several hours after Gov. Pat McCrory gave cookies to women protesting the state's new abortion law, Madison and her mother, Mary Kimrey, came to the Governor's Mansion to protest with several Occupy Raleigh members. Around 10:30 p.m., a staff member came out of the mansion to shut the doors.

“We were like, ‘Hey, those cookies were really good, could we have some brownies,’ joking and everything” at the staff member, Madison said. (The afternoon protesters had returned the cookies uneaten.)

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