Under the Dome

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.

Madison said she didn’t think McCrory would show, especially after comments he made on Wednesday during a radio interview. He indicated liberal groups were responsible for the meeting request.

Eric Lundy, a regional organizer for, attended the event, helping set out a table cloth, plates and lemonade. But he insisted he was only there “helping out with logistics,” and Madison came to him to ask about doing a petition.

The meeting was set for 2 p.m. As of 2:20, McCrory hadn't made an appearance.


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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.

Sorry RaleighGal

Maybe you should ask GB before assuming they have "nothing to do with this girl"
you are WRONG. This whole thing is a shameful attempt to get some press. Shame on her mom, shame on, shame on progress nc, and shame on the people that think this is ok. this is ridiculous.


Shouldn't this girl be in School? I thought it started back up already?

Check your facts, Barb

Progress NC has nothing whatsoever to do with this kid, or the actions she is pulling, nor have they ever. I haven't seen a peep from them about her, or this issue. You can't expect to be taken seriously, "barb robertson", if you make assumptions to fit your political goals and don't bother to check the facts first.

Could you imagine

if republicans trotted out a child to do their bidding? they would be crushed with outrage from the media and from the left. i am a former dem now indy but this doesnt pass the smell test folks. how long will pph and progress nc pimp out this poor kid and where the heck is her mom??? why as a mother would you allow your child to be used like this, unless you are behind it which is even worse. shameful really...


Just when you think MoveOn can't go any lower.

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