Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) is an award-winning journalist with Nevada Current. In addition to covering state and local policy and politics, Michael reports extensively on homelessness and housing policy. He graduated from UNLV with B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies and later earned an M.S. in Communications at Syracuse University.

Nevada Current is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

Financing, zoning, not federal land access, are what will expand affordable housing, experts say 

By: - May 29, 2024

Nevada’s housing crisis isn’t new, nor is the push by local and state elected officials to open up federal land beyond city limits to build more affordable units. Yet land availability is just one part of the equation, and experts say the state would be better served focusing on permanent funding for affordable housing projects […]

Nevada Secretary of State outlines timeline for counting primary election ballots

By: - May 22, 2024

Ahead of Nevada’s June 11 primary election, Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar outlined new guidance around when counties should start tabulating votes in order to make sure results are released as soon as possible. Nevadans have already begun receiving ballots in their mailboxes, and in-person early voting begins Saturday, May 25 and runs through Friday, […]

Southern Nevada food insecurity increased last year, Three Square says

By: - May 17, 2024

Food insecurity climbed across Southern Nevada last year with an estimated one in five children uncertain where their next meal is coming from, according to the latest findings from Three Square Food Bank. Data released Thursday as part of the Feeding America’s 2024 Map the Meal Gap Study comes after food pantries and services providers […]

One-shot federal funding for NV behavioral health services is winding down. Now what?

By: - May 14, 2024

As local governments in Nevada have used one-shot federal recovery relief dollars toward mental and behavioral health services, city and county officials stressed the importance for state lawmakers to figure out a sustainable funding source. During Monday’s Interim Committee of Health and Human Service, officials from Clark County, Washoe County, the City of Las Vegas […]

The race could decide if Dems win a veto-proof Legislature, but they don’t want to talk about that

By: - May 8, 2024

A Democratic veto-proof majority in the Nevada Legislature could come down to the race for Senate District 15, a previously Republican-held seat that was redrawn to give Democrats an advantage.  The Nevada Senate Republican Caucus, which identified the Northern Nevada district as one of four seats it needs to win, said in a fundraising email […]

State Senate

Even after district was redrawn to be competitive, Senate Dems give it the cold shoulder

By: - May 2, 2024

The Nevada Democratic Senate Caucus, which has a credible chance of winning a veto-proof majority this year, has yet to endorse a candidate in Senate District 18, while Republicans in the primary race have a sizable lead on fundraising, endorsements and party support from Gov. Joe Lombardo.  The district, which was left vacant after the […]

3 competitive NV congressional districts attract a crowd of Republican primary hopefuls

By: - April 19, 2024

As Congressional Democrats look to flip the House this election, which Republicans currently control with a razor-thin margin, Nevada’s three Democratic congressional incumbents are running to retain their current seats. A slew of Republican candidates are hoping to take on the three Democrats in the general election. The overwhelming majority of them have previously lost […]

Senate Dems pass over assemblywoman, endorse NSHE regent to join their ranks

By: - April 18, 2024

The Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus endorsed Michelee “Shelly” Cruz-Crawford, a first-term Nevada System of Higher Education Regent, over Assemblywoman Clara Thomas, in the Democratic primary for Senate District 1.  In an interview with Nevada Current, Thomas attributed the party caucus’s decision to back a regent instead of a fellow state legislator to Thomas’s opposition to […]

Lawsuit against NDOC seeks answers on man who died while in custody

By: - April 16, 2024

A year after 44-year-old Christian Walker died in prison after being beaten by corrections officers, his family  sued the Nevada Department Corrections over what they say was excessive use of force that led to his death. But families of people incarcerated in Nevada have warned Walker’s death is not the only instance of excessive use […]

State looks to expand food assistance program to restaurants

By: - April 10, 2024

The Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services is looking to implement a meal program that allows unhoused folks and people with disabilities to use food assistance benefits at partnering restaurants. The proposal is in its early stages and part of several efforts outlined at Monday’s Interim Committee on Health and Human Services to address […]

NV childhood immunization, adult vaccination rates both lag behind national averages

By: - April 9, 2024

A decline in “vaccine confidence” has contributed to a decrease in child immunization rates, Nevada health officials warned state lawmakers on Monday. Vaccine rates among adults, which includes Covid and flu shots for the current season, are also only a fraction of the national average, health officials said at the Interim Committee on Health and […]

Nevada’s ballot will have one less choice in November after No Labels finds no candidate

By: - April 5, 2024

Though initially qualifying to be on Nevada’s 2024 general election ballot, the national group No Labels won’t be including a third party candidate in the state after all. In fact, no state will have a No Labels candidate for its proposed third party “unity ticket” after the group recently announced it failed to find a […]