Articles by Maydha
September 1, 2023 -
In 2016, political operatives working for Gov. Pat McCrory falsely accused voters across North Carolina of fraud. A defamation lawsuit brought by the wrongfully-accused voters is now being reviewed by the state Supreme Court to see if it will go to trial, and the court’s ruling could have implications for whether political figures are held accountable for making unfounded claims of voter fraud.
June 30, 2023 -
This year, a flood of anti-trans legislation has washed over states across the country, especially in the South. North Carolina has seen key legislation move rapidly this Pride month, including bills to ban gender-affirming health care for minors. In a state where corporations once wielded their influence to condemn anti-trans legislation and withheld their purse strings from North Carolina, how do businesses’ interests and policy agendas conflict when it comes to the latest attack on transgender youth?
May 26, 2023 -
Khanna Koneru is the co-founder and executive director of North Carolina Asian Americans Together, a nonprofit that promotes civic engagement among Asian American communities in the state. For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re publishing an oral history interview in which she discussed growing up in the South, navigating racial identity as a second-generation Indian American, and what led her to establish NCAAT.
May 12, 2023 -
In a rare procedural move, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled high court reversed a ruling blocking voter identification requirements made just five months earlier by the previous Democratic-controlled court. The law requiring voters to show certain kinds of photo ID at the polls will be implemented as soon as this September’s municipal elections, and elections officials and voting rights advocates are getting ready.
April 26, 2023 -
In the last couple of months, several Southern state legislators have jumped from the Democratic to the Republican Party, in some cases handing veto-proof supermajorities to the GOP. While the switchers may gain more clout in the short term, they often face electoral consequences.
April 14, 2023 -
The 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act established a process for returning burial remains to tribes across the country, but the law applies only to those with federal recognition. The Southeast’s legacy of forced displacement and contentious battles over tribal recognition has created challenges for descendants seeking ancestors’ remains, thousands of which are still in the possession of museums and research institutions across the country.
February 24, 2023 -
The Census Bureau has released its first round of corrections for the 2020 population count, and communities in Southern states will benefit thanks to prisoners being added to their populations. Reform advocates say this "prison gerrymandering" distorts democracy and paints a misleading picture of community populations for planning purposes. A growing number of states, including several in the South, are taking action to end it.