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

Achieving racial justice requires more than removing a symbol

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
While some Southerners wistfully cherish the Confederate battle flag, imagining simpler times, that flag has long been the unmistakable symbol of racism and bigotry to many more Americans. The Ku Klux Klan carried that flag during domestic terror attacks, often ...

Donald Trump’s cage match

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Democrats gave thanks to the political gods again last week when Donald Trump announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for president. Beyond merely adding another name to the already overcrowded Republican field, Trump began his candidacy with, at various ...

The public’s stake in the Penguins deal

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that the hockey team is for sale, the public quickly was assured that there is no danger the franchise will relocate. “Move along. Nothing to see here,” seemed to be the official line. But sometimes ...

The art of burying the hatchet

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
A few days after the last election, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald did something that most politicians find hard to do. After losing his bid to defeat county Controller Chelsa Wagner by running former controller Mark Flaherty against her, he ...

Get your 2016 GOP score cards

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Ya can’t tell the players without a score card” was once the cry of vendors in baseball parks across America. With players’ names and numbers now emblazoned across their backs and their every move heralded by announcers and replayed on ...

Indpendence day for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County primary voters

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical,” said Thomas Jefferson. And if we take Jefferson at his word, he would have ...

The NFL draft of civic life: The primary election

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Juvenal, the Roman satiric poet, believed that the citizens of The Eternal City relinquished their political passion and spurned their civic responsibilities in exchange for panem et circenses — bread and circuses. “Already long ago, from when we sold ...

City life: The battle for Lawrenceville

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The recent dust-up between the McConway & Torley foundry and its Lawrenceville neighbors is not the first clash of its sort here and surely will not be the last. Pittsburgh is the child of that friction between the old and ...

The real story in Baltimore’s aftermath

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the days following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., some Pittsburgh neighborhoods were in flames, rumors of a race war were rampant and it seemed as if the world was coming to an end. The National Guard, ...

‘Poor Joe!’

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Giuseppe Siragusa, Pittsburgh’s “Yeast Baron,” found himself atop the booze business in the waning days of Prohibition. Siragusa had built a criminal empire by supplying ...

UPMC vs. Tom Wolf

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When UPMC claimed last week that Gov. Tom Wolf’s criticism of the health care giant is the result of pro-union bias, it should have sparked the guffaw heard e_SSRqround the commonwealth. The governor had criticized UPMC for a decision that ...

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