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Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

Foiled again by Gibbons rule, Dems show little appetite for trying to change it

By: and - May 14, 2021

Nevada Democratic legislative leaders said Thursday they were “disheartened” by a state Supreme Court ruling that a pair of tax measures legislators passed in 2019 were unconstitutional because they did not pass by a two-thirds majority. And in a joint statement, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson complained the Supreme Court’s […]

death chamber

Sisolak issues final blow to death penalty abolition legislation

By: - May 13, 2021

A three-part cocktail sealed the fate of death penalty abolition this session: a district attorney association that was staunchly against the bill, state Senators who also work as prosecutors who refused to give the legislation a hearing, and finally a Democratic governor who was opposed. After saying for months he didn’t support a complete abolition […]

Opposed by landlord groups, tenant protections bill stalls out in Assembly

By: - May 13, 2021

When asked if the legislation bolstering tenant protections was dead, bill sponsor state Sen. Julia Ratti said “it looks that way.” Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui said Wednesday that Senate Bill 218, which would have mandated a three-day grace period before charging late fees on rent, puts stipulations on when landlords can collect rental application fees and […]

ghost guns

State Senate takes up ghost gun ban

By: - May 12, 2021

While there is a federal push to tackle the increasing use of ghost guns, Nevada Democratic lawmakers are also working to prohibit the untraceable guns statewide.  President Joe Biden announced in April several executive actions to combat gun violence, which he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment,” he also called for a crackdown on […]

Prosecutor senators pressed to quit foot-dragging on death penalty abolition bill

By: - May 11, 2021

If Nevada Democratic state senators — including key senators who are also Clark County prosecutors — refuse to advance legislation to abolish the death penalty, they should be replaced by senators who will, abolition advocates said Monday. Assembly Bill 395, which would repeal capital punishment and has been staunchly opposed by district attorneys throughout the […]

Treasurer Conine

Nevada and Rescue Plan money: ‘It’s important that we get all of this right’

By: - May 7, 2021

Nevada still doesn’t have a lot of guidance on how state and local governments and public agencies can use more than $6 billion in relief funds they’re slated to receive from the American Rescue Plan. Included in Nevada’s share of ARP money is $165 million for rental assistance. Speaking Thursday to the Nevada Housing Coalition, a […]

Legislators make case to add public option to NV health exchange by 2026

By: - May 5, 2021

Legislation heard Tuesday would seek to fill coverage gaps behind the state’s high number of uninsured, an estimated 350,000 people, by creating a more affordable insurance option through Nevada’s coverage exchange starting Jan. 1 2026. “We have heard time and time again that Nevadans need more affordable health insurance,” said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Nicolle Cannizzaro […]

TV

Apartment lobby opposes bill after praising it on TV

By: - April 30, 2021

They were against it before they were for it before they were against it. At a Friday state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for a proposal to automatically seal pandemic-related evictions, the Nevada State Apartment Association testified in opposition to the legislation, despite earlier public comments in support of the bill.   During an appearance on PBS’s […]

As prisons finally resume visits, families perplexed by NDOC guidelines

By: - April 28, 2021

After nearly 14 months of prisons not allowing visitors, many people with incarcerated family members have been eager to see loved ones again. The Nevada Department of Corrections is scheduled to resume visitations Saturday. But family members say they still have unanswered questions, have been unable to schedule visitations and are left with concerns about […]

You deserve a break today

Nevada’s minimum wage ‘distinction’ debated at Senate committee hearing

By: - April 26, 2021

The state Senate conducted its first hearing Monday on a constitutional amendment to restructure the minimum wage to ensure workers earn the same amount regardless of health benefits. The current structure allows employers to pay a dollar less if they offer health insurance, but doesn’t regulate the quality of the insurance.  “The distinction between minimum […]

Housing advocates ask lawmakers not to ‘water down’ tenant protections

By: - April 26, 2021

When it comes to tenant protections and the eviction process, housing activists and indigent defense lawyers have long argued that Nevada, like most states, has a lopsided power imbalance that favors landlords.  Even when tenants and landlords both have something to lose, the stakes just aren’t the same, said Bailey Bortolin, the statewide advocacy, outreach […]

Sisolak questions prison officials on ‘extremely low’ inmate vaccinations

By: - April 21, 2021

Less than 10 percent of nearly 11,000 inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections are fully vaccinated, officials told Gov. Steve Sisolak Tuesday at the Board of Prison Commissioners meeting. The low vaccination numbers come despite the department indicating in a March 4 press release, when it began vaccinating eligible inmates, that 46 percent of […]