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Joseph Sabino Mistick is a lawyer, law professor and political analyst. He lives in Squirrel Hill.

A good break for Pennsylvania voters

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you are frustrated with the two-party system and you want more ballot choices than “take it or leave it,” look for a bigger selection of candidates to appear soon on a voting machine near you. U.S. District Court Judge ...

Razing Kathleen Kane

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Now facing felony and misdemeanor charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane better hope that life does not imitate art. Aristotle would have called her sudden reversal of fortune “peripeteia,” an essential literary device in Greek tragedies that signals the final ...

Archie Bunker rides again

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
There was some good news last week. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and his teammate IK Enemkpali settled a score with a punch. They had a running dispute over $600 that Enemkpali claimed Smith owed him; Smith ended up ...

Elsie Hillman, Pittsburgher

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Elsie Hillman had one ideology. Elsie simply believed in Pittsburgh. When it came to the people of her city, party did not matter, nor did station in life or any of those other things that so often separate us. Elsie ...

The good old days

By Joseph Sabino Mistick 9:00 p.m.
If you are struggling to understand the appeal of Donald Trump, compare his “shoot from the hip” answers to Hillary Clinton’s response to the Keystone XL pipeline question. Twice last week, she dodged the controversy, waiting for completion of a ...

Go, Donald Trump, go!

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the struggle between the reckless and the guarded, reckless often wins. If just for a while. Donald Trump is living proof. His substance does not count for much, but his style — throwing caution to the wind and speaking ...

The new town square of American politics

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow,” according to Bill Gates. And if recent social and political changes are any indication, that square is teeming with citizens, compressing debate, exposing nonsense and driving solutions. ...

Homestead workers’ cause endures, resonates

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you walk that land now, 123 years later, you can feel the desperation, both sides throwing their lives into the breach, both sides fighting for control of the Homestead Steel Works. Be still, and you can hear the shouting, ...

The Supreme Court in flux

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
These have been heady days, after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized marriage equality across the land, upheld ObamaCare and refused to make it harder for victims of housing discrimination to prove their cases. And while it was a tough week ...

Achieving racial justice requires more than removing a symbol

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
While some Southerners wistfully cherish the Confederate battle flag, imagining simpler times, that flag has long been the unmistakable symbol of racism and bigotry to many more Americans. The Ku Klux Klan carried that flag during domestic terror attacks, often ...

Donald Trump’s cage match

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Democrats gave thanks to the political gods again last week when Donald Trump announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for president. Beyond merely adding another name to the already overcrowded Republican field, Trump began his candidacy with, at various ...

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