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Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, a Trib editorial page columnist and host of Off Road Politics on TribLIVE radio. Salena Zito can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7879

Off Road Politics connects Washington with Main Street hosted by Salena Zito and Lara Brown PhD. Exclusive radio show on @TribLIVE

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Another Know-Nothing moment

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on Protestant fear of being marginalized by Irish and German immigrants flooding the Northeast and Midwest ...

Who in GOP field will seize Trump’s populist mantle?

By Salena Zito
On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, in 1964, Barry Goldwater forecast a “stunning upset” for himself in the presidential election just days away, with the aid of “millions of unhappy and disgusted Americans.” The Arizona Republican spoke to a ...

Hillary, Bernie & now, maybe Joe

By Salena Zito
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio A few miles off the Ohio Turnpike west of Youngstown, a homemade sign billowed in a breeze along a rural highway. “Run Joe Run” it read. Presumably, someone there was pining for Joe Biden to run for president. The prospect ...

Unknown Dem’s Mississippi win sends message

By Salena Zito
LIPPINCOTT, Pa. The 300 turquoise folding chairs inside Clayton Auction Center filled long before the auctioneer’s gavel began the bidding. The only time folks got ...

Making environmentalism divisive

By Salena Zito
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were ...

Domestic terror, fear & voters’ anger

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio Larry Fitzpatrick woke at 3 a.m. two Fridays ago, hours after five servicemen were gunned down in Chattanooga, Tenn., and just knew he had to do something. A few hours later when the Armed Forces Career Center opened ...

Reflecting populism born of frustration

By Salena Zito
There is a disturbance in American politics. But no one in the political class seems to be pinpointing the correct source. Donald Trump gets all of the credit for it from journalists, pundits and academics. They could not be more ...

Pa. Dems’ disarray could boost GOP in 2016

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA Republicans held a smart, enthusiastic, well-organized leadership conference here last month that drew presidential candidates and party rock stars, plus edgy, informative panels for ...

Don’t remove history’s lessons

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA It’s not hard to imagine how life was conducted in 1776 as you stand where 56 men signed a document severing them from Great Britain. River rock remains the bumpy surface for the grid of streets between old buildings ...

Leading on race: Communities, not elites

By Salena Zito
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as ...

Progressives’ tug-of-war fuels Dems’ identity crisis

By Salena Zito
Dana Haswell Corbin had no idea she was bucking conventional political wisdom when she wore her pale blue “Bernie for President” T-shirt months before a primary vote in any state, let alone her native Pennsylvania. Conventional wisdom dictates she is ...

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