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

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 ...

What Bucharest & Tom Wolf’s budget have in common

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Romanian witches were in a lather a few years ago when their government decided to tax the proceeds from casting spells and invoking spirits. This did not go down well with the witches, or the country’s fortunetellers and astrologers, who ...

Marty O’Malley never gilded the lily

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered,” according to Albert Camus, the 20th-century French philosopher. Lately, instead of conquering the truth, some public figures are being conquered by it. Before the Internet, it took a real doozy to get ...

The American story

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This past Tuesday, 50 or so Pittsburgh Italians gathered with family and friends in a basement Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to view the premiere broadcast of “The Italian Americans,” a two-part PBS special recounting the travails and triumphs ...

The Gene DePasquale way

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
With the ongoing donnybrook between Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and county Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald most likely headed to court, it is clear that none of this would have happened but for a long-ago management decision made by Moses. ...

Go big or go home

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
It is all fun and games, until somebody gets hurt, or gets the measles or some other life-threatening disease. That familiar childhood adage should forewarn politicians who play to their base, hoping to shore up a few votes with the ...

Gov. Wolf picked an odd fight

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline,” said lawyer Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” the 1955 play based loosely on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Drummond ...

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child to protect her feet from rainy Iowa weather. She told that folksy story in her party’s official rebuttal to President ...

When speech is not free: The pen of war

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President Obama skipped the march of world leaders in Paris after the recent terror attacks, even mainstream observers took him to task, calling the absence “stunning,” “ham-handed” and worse. The message was not lost on the administration. “It’s fair ...

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