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

Occam’s Razor & the Pennsylvania governor’s race

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In last week’s Pittsburgh debate by the four Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for governor, the candidates were of one mind: They all agreed that education funding is woefully inadequate. And since Pennsylvania is the only state without a severance …

A Pittsburgh invitation to the pope

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Pope Francis, come to Pittsburgh. Certainly, Philadelphia would be a fine stop for your first papal visit to America. And but for rivalries with the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers, most Pittsburghers share a Pennsylvania pride in the City of Brotherly …

Luke Ravenstahl’s train

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, is portrayed by two faces, one looking to the past and one to the future, equally important views. Among his other charges, Janus could well be the patron of politicians in transition, …

Police residency in Pittsburgh: Won’t you be our neighbors?

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Classical and popular literature are replete with tales of unrequited love. But if there is room for just one more, add the difficult relationship between the City of Pittsburgh and its police officers. The more the city leans on the …

For the defense

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department was derailed earlier this month, the response on both sides of the vote was predictable. Adegbile, who once supervised attorneys fighting Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 1982 death sentence …

Tom Wolf’s ‘friends indeed’ strategy

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
One political maxim says that if you have a problem, hang a lantern on it, and Tom Wolf did just that this past week. Seeking his party’s nomination for governor, Democrat Wolf told the Trib’s Brad Bumsted that he anticipates …

The rock of life

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Like pilgrims to an ancient shrine, they streamed along downtown Pittsburgh’s streets, the faithful making one last trek for the 40th and final volume of the “Roots of Rock and Roll” show at the Benedum. With joints a little rustier …

The GOP’s big bad (Tom) Wolf

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Democrat Tom Wolf need not conduct a public opinion poll to know that his television ad campaign for his party’s nomination for governor is a great success. Wolf only needs to take full measure of the broadside counterattack launched against …

That’s life (for Chris Christie)

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When Frank Sinatra, the pride of Hoboken, N.J., sang “That’s Life,” he highlighted the unpredictability of it all, noting that “you’re riding high in April, shot down in May.” Ol’ Blue Eyes could have been crooning about the sudden misfortunes …

Educating the board of education

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
After Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address last week, it is obvious that increased funding for public education will be touted in his upcoming re-election campaign. And count on Democrats to say that the governor’s $250 million proposal falls short of …

Pittsburgh Public Schools officials — and the teachers union — don’t get it

By Joseph Sabino Mistick=
Imagine some strange time warp, in which the captain of the Titanic decided to throw a line to the Lusitania, even as both ships were sinking. That’s pretty much like the board of education of Pittsburgh Public Schools considering a …

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