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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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GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

By Salena Zito
Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in ...

Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama

By Salena Zito
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at a Sheetz gas pump along old U.S. 40 in this western Maryland town, sandwiched between ...

Sestak’s quote stumble fails trust test

By Salena Zito
We all make mistakes; it’s human nature. How we recover from our blunders is what defines our character and shapes our lives. And in this, even the small mistakes — the ones that you think no one will notice, or that ...

Hillary’s tweet about email sign of disconnection

By Salena Zito
An imperial message came from the Internet’s one-dimensional darkness Wednesday: “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” Those brief keystrokes were ...

Arrogant media elites mock Middle America

By Salena Zito
The media’s elitists just keep getting you wrong, America. And this has nothing to do with whether something is or isn’t a “gotcha” question, because that is always the easy excuse for any candidate who is unhappy with a news ...

Gardner part of new conservative generation

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Cory Gardner is undeniably shaped by his family’s deep roots in Colorado’s Great Plains. Hundred-year-old photographs of the family business in the small town ...

Some in D.C. heedless of effect on others

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A homemade poster was attached to a crowded bulletin board in the Russell Senate Office Building: “For Sale, pre-owned 14K yellow gold solitaire, 1 carat marquise diamond with 6-prong setting ... .” It stood out not just because of ...

Extreme-left Dems pushing Middle America away

By Salena Zito
The unofficial death of the moderate American Democrat went largely unnoticed last week. Tim Ryan — a once-strident champion of the Rust Belt city of Youngstown, filled with moderate Catholic Democrats whose issues are still firmly pocketbook-based — penned an ...

Moderate Dem Manchin has decision to make

By Salena Zito
Joe Manchin is torn. The popular West Virginia Democrat, sitting in the U.S. Senate since 2010, said he genuinely wants to stay there — but only if real legislating can get done between majority Republicans and minority Democrats. If not, he ...

Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary

By Salena Zito
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color and gender of Republican weighing a run for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Iowa Freedom ...

Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

By Salena Zito
South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House ...

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