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

Land of opportunity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
We honor them now, decades after their selfless acts, the Schindlers, Wallenbergs and Wintons of this world. They were heroes in a dangerous time, risking all to save the lives of others. Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, …

Unconventional Cleveland

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Republican National Committee must be betting that the people of Cleveland have amnesia. That is what it would take for Republicans to change their presidential luck by holding their 2016 national convention in Cleveland. At stake are 18 electoral …

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: When ideas trumped personal politics

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Last week was marked by the confluence of Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Only two days apart, both celebrations provide an opportunity to learn from the …

No coup de gr â ce in Pa. governor’s race

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The long-awaited report on Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation dashed the rare chance that voters could dodge the hard work of citizenship in the Pennsylvania race for governor. If the Pennsylvania attorney general’s special investigator had found …

Tom Corbett’s conundrum

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If it you think that the crushing defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary was too remote to matter in Pennsylvania, think again. Republican regulars everywhere are worried, especially where they are facing tough fights in …

In the mindset of a father

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Think like a father. In the week leading up to this Father’s Day, the news has not been good for children. But that could all change if more of us thought like fathers more often, treating the children of others …

The race for governor: That 20-point spread ...

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Twenty is a dangerous number. Last week, Rasmussen Reports released the first post-primary election poll for the Pennsylvania governor’s race and it shows Democrat Tom Wolf with a 20 percentage-point lead over Gov. Tom Corbett. It’s not enough of a …

Those crazy days of summer politics

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf can now enjoy summer politicking, the very best thing about winning a primary. Neckties off, sleeves rolled up, these political boys of summer will stroll county fairgrounds and stand on picnic tables, giving rousing stump …

Tom Corbett and the confounding nature of incumbency

By Joseph Sabino Mistick 9:00 p.m.
Sometimes victory merely sets the stage for the tougher fight ahead. On the same day last week that Pennsylvania voters chose the contestants for November’s gubernatorial election, a federal judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Both …

Republicans and Tom Wolf’s Democrat opponents are dumb as bricks

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Any Pennsylvania Democrat would have to be dumb as a brick to take the Republicans’ advice on which Democrat to nominate for the fall governor’s race. But that has not stopped the Republicans from spending millions to convince Democrats to …

The whooshing sound that Rob McCord surely is hearing

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
There are worse things in life than losing an election and Rob McCord might have found one of them. Desperately trying to catch Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat and front-runner for their party’s nomination for governor, McCord went very negative …

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