Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues.

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Voting from jail – if not convicted, it’s a right

By: - November 1, 2018

If you are arrested today and jailed until after Nov. 6, Election Day, you will not be allowed to vote. That’s despite being legally eligible to do so. “If you have not been convicted and are in jail, you have not lost the right to vote,” Amy Rose, the legal director of the ACLU of […]

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Politicians address – and don’t address – political violence

By: - October 29, 2018

With Election Day finally — some might say mercifully — in sight, Nevada candidates have been joined on the campaign trail by famous astronauts and national political figures. But amid news of attempted bombings and hate-inspired murders, candidates and their surrogates in Nevada have had to recast their stump speeches, acknowledging political violence in the […]

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker campaigns with U.S. Rep Jacky Rosen and state Sen. Aaron Ford, who is running for Attorney General.

Booker stumps for Rosen and Ford, blasts GOP scaremongering

By: - October 24, 2018

What drives people to the polls? Campaigning for Nevada Democrats Wednesday, U.S. Sen Cory Booker of New Jersey said he is optimistic that the issues, and how they affect people’s lives, will trump scare tactics when it comes to motivating people to vote. “We seem to see one playbook coming” from Republicans, Booker said, “which […]

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Canvassers as diverse as the community push turnout

By: - October 24, 2018

When people open up the voter guide handed out by One APIA Nevada, they will see election information in five languages: English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese. For many groups working to get people to the polls before election day, canvassing is just part of the purpose. “We’ve knocked on doors, and members from our […]

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Obama: “When you vote, good things happen”

By: and - October 22, 2018

In 2012, when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were on the ballot, more than a million Nevadans voted in the general election, and Obama won the state. In 2014, when no presidential candidates were on the ballot, roughly half as many Nevadans turned out to vote, and Democrats were crushed. In 2016, Democrats turned out, […]


Winter is coming… and homelessness isn’t going away

By: - October 22, 2018

Like the summer heat, the winter cold can present life-threatening challenges to those experiencing homelessness. Southern Nevada policymakers have long struggled to effectively address causes of — and solutions to — homelessness. Meanwhile, winter is coming, triggering annual actions by social service organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to at least try to help people living […]

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Las Vegas City Council crushes 5th graders’ hopes

By: - October 17, 2018

A fifth-grade class at Garehime Elementary School got a taste of how local government works, or doesn’t, Wednesday when it made a case before the Las Vegas City Council for naming the black-tailed jackrabbit as the official city animal. “I thought this would be noncontroversial and a no-brainer,” said City Councilman Stavros Anthony. “Since I’ve […]

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Trans community blasts ‘vile and hate-mongering’ political ad

By: - October 16, 2018

Members of the transgender community are saying a new advertisement against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak is transphobic and stokes fear. “Ads like this are vile and hate-mongering,” says Brooke Maylath with Transgender Allies Group, which is based in Reno. “It’s despicable and serves no other purpose other than to demonize transgender people.” In a social […]

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Huntridge Circle Park closed for maintenance – or to oust homeless?

By: - October 16, 2018

Huntridge Circle Park, which is shut down until Nov. 30, is expected to reopen to the public again. That’s despite the fact various residents in the Huntridge neighborhood have called — and some City of Las Vegas officials have even discussed — its permanent closure to keep homeless people away. A July email obtained by Nevada […]

Heller introduces senior affordable housing bill

By: - October 12, 2018

To help low-income seniors with affordable housing issues, Sen. Dean Heller announced Friday he has introduced legislation that allocates tax credits to housing owners and developers. The Seniors Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act attempts to address Nevada’s housing crisis by giving credits to landlords who choose to rent properties to low-income seniors — the text of […]

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The Kavanaugh effect in Nevada: Something, or nothing?

By: - October 9, 2018

Less than a month away from the November election, yet another poll shows candidates in Nevada’s top races in a dead heat. If the election was today, 46 percent of likely voters said they would vote for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller while 44 percent would choose U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, according to an NBC/Marist poll […]


Growing number of Nevada women incarcerated for non-violent crimes

By: - October 9, 2018

Nearly 80 percent of the 1,200 women imprisoned in Nevada are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, often as not a drug-related offense. Last year, more than half of women who entered prison were first-time offenders. And in Nevada, as in the nation, the incarceration rate for women is rising faster than for men. While Nevada policymakers […]