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

The politics of immigration

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Go ahead. Impeach him. Make our day.” That spin on Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry is the response of some Democrats, expressed hopefully and in private, when Republicans vow to impeach President Obama for taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants now ...

A letter to Dada

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
It is the greatest form letter ever written. One was sent to Joseph “Dada” Sabino in late 1945, arriving at his mother’s house on Pitcairn ...

Wolf, Corbett stayed true to their word

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This is a tale of two conversations. The one with Tom Wolf occurred before the 2014 primary campaign even began. The one with Tom Corbett took place just weeks after he was elected governor, nearly four years ago. Together, they ...

The morning after the election

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Come Wednesday morning it will all be over. Suddenly, there will be no more rallies, there will be no more failed attempts to be in three places at once and fried fish, kolbassi and hot sausage sandwiches no longer will ...

Swift justice

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. And so it is with the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery by his fellow justices last week. ...

Fear not

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address in 1933, famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It was a rallying cry for all Americans to shake the malaise and anxiety brought on by the ...

It’s ‘T’ time in the race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This is right about the time that Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign strategists are hunched over a map of Pennsylvania, wondering from where their votes might come. Far behind in the polls, they need something big to happen ­— a game-changer ...

Early education more than a footrace

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the “Seinfeld” episode “The Race,” Jerry runs a footrace against his old high school rival Duncan to finally settle who is the faster sprinter. In ninth grade, Jerry got away with starting early, jumping the gun and beating Duncan. ...

‘Is that all there is?’: The race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you caught the first Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate last week, you might have picked up an earworm, one of those songs that play over and over in your head. And it was probably “Is That All There Is?,” Peggy Lee’s ...

The Kent State sweatshirt: Man’s inhumanity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For a graphic turn on what Scottish poet Robert Burns called “man’s inhumanity to man,” look no further than the Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters marketed online last week. Faded, tattered and splattered with what appears to be blood, ...

Nixon’s pardon: The 3rd man in the ring

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago last week, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency a month earlier, clearing the way for Ford to take office. News of the pardon rocked the nation one last time in the wake ...

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