Episode 31: Building some bizarre coalitions to get things done

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 31 | Guest: Athar Haseebullah, ACLU of Nevada

Despite being controlled by Democrats, the 2021 legislative session proved to be a graveyard for (largely bipartisan) criminal justice issues.

Things got even worse when, in the last days of the session, Senate Majority Leader (and current Clark County Deputy District Attorney) Nicole Cannizzaro proposed a bill that looked more at home in Rudy Guilliani’s “stop-and-frisk” New York City than a Democrat-run Nevada legislature.

Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada Athar Haseebullah joined the program to talk about how that bill resulted in opposition from a truly remarkable coalition of ideologically diverse groups—including the NRA, police unions, progressive activists and even the ACLU. Athar also give his perspective on the state of justice reform in Nevada.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.