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

Indpendence day for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County primary voters

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical,” said Thomas Jefferson. And if we take Jefferson at his word, he would have ...

The NFL draft of civic life: The primary election

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Juvenal, the Roman satiric poet, believed that the citizens of The Eternal City relinquished their political passion and spurned their civic responsibilities in exchange for panem et circenses — bread and circuses. “Already long ago, from when we sold ...

City life: The battle for Lawrenceville

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The recent dust-up between the McConway & Torley foundry and its Lawrenceville neighbors is not the first clash of its sort here and surely will not be the last. Pittsburgh is the child of that friction between the old and ...

The real story in Baltimore’s aftermath

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the days following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., some Pittsburgh neighborhoods were in flames, rumors of a race war were rampant and it seemed as if the world was coming to an end. The National Guard, ...

‘Poor Joe!’

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Giuseppe Siragusa, Pittsburgh’s “Yeast Baron,” found himself atop the booze business in the waning days of Prohibition. Siragusa had built a criminal empire by supplying ...

UPMC vs. Tom Wolf

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When UPMC claimed last week that Gov. Tom Wolf’s criticism of the health care giant is the result of pro-union bias, it should have sparked the guffaw heard e_SSRqround the commonwealth. The governor had criticized UPMC for a decision that ...

Balancing justice

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
While Lady Justice often is depicted wearing a blindfold and holding scales, both symbols of the nonpartisan ideals of justice, she still is required to stand before Pennsylvania voters in partisan elections. We elect our judges here and Thomas Jefferson ...

Politics & Government 101

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you are looking for a tuition-free course in politics and government, you should thank Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his pals for the lessons taught last week. They fumbled and stumbled through the debacle they caused with their so-called ...

Matters of taste

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Latin maxim “ De gustibus non est disputandum ” was front and center last week, on both the local and national levels. Two news reports reminded us that “In matters of taste, who can say?” This is especially true ...

Political Icarus: Aaron Schock

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When young Icarus flew too close to the sun, his wings of feathers and wax melted and the young man fell to his death in the sea. His father Daedalus had made the wings and warned his son of this, ...

Is the GOP a workhorse or a show horse?

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
While they both made their political bones in Arkansas, Hillary Clinton and Tom Cotton took very different approaches to their new jobs when first elected to the U.S. Senate. Clinton, a former first lady, was expected to trade on her ...

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