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

Pa. kids first victims of state budget stalemate

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
As the executive director of Allies for Children, Patrick Dowd is worried and he is sounding the alarm. The state budget impasse hangs like a sword over many programs that protect our children. And many of the proposed resolutions offer ...

Shots fired: Taking on Pittsburgh’s gun violence

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the early hours of a recent Saturday morning, the dispatcher’s crisp voice betrayed a practiced calmness. “Shots fired. As many as 16,” she said, into the darkness. With more details, officers responded quickly. Some were nearby. Others were farther ...

Trump, Sanders — Fetterman?

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, once considered novelty candidates, have folks thinking that anybody can win a big race. Trump, with all the personal charm of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, has made inexperience his calling card. Sanders, who wins ...

All of the hoopla, none of the gravitas

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Kentucky passion play starring Kim Davis, the county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has all the hoopla of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial and none of the gravitas of Thomas More’s defiance of Henry VIII. ...

Old habits die hard: Don’t mess with Social Security

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Labor Day is here again, arriving in the midst of another presidential race. And it is clear that tough talk still comes cheap. Like clockwork, there are always a few national politicians who want to raise the Social Security eligibility ...

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
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 ...

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