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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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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 ...

Webster brought unwanted divisiveness

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A young boy wearing a red polka-dot tie, his crisp blue shirt escaping his belted trousers from constant activity, found his way to the ...

Distrust fuels populist movement

By Salena Zito
The Washington political classes do not understand you. If you are a Democrat, they assume you’re a pure progressive. They take for granted that you consider climate change a religion, think immigration should be a free pass for everyone, support ...

Elizabeth Warren is no ‘populist’

By Salena Zito
Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s claim to being a Main Street populist is an abuse of the American populist narrative, not unlike the hijacking of the tea party following the 2010 elections. Yet that hasn’t stopped the freshman U.S. senator from Massachusetts ...

Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife

By Salena Zito
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife — Dick, as he insisted I call him — fills my thoughts. He always was more ...

Hardworking, small-town American exceptionalism

By Salena Zito
BEDFORD — Michael Corle’s exhausting work ethic, coupled with devotion to family and heritage, unites the edgy energy of the young with the values and traditions of rural ancestors. He’s a throwback to our entrepreneurial past, with a vision that ...

Approach race one person at a time

By Salena Zito
Carnisa Chatman still refers to her tomato sauce as “gravy,” never douses pasta with it (instead, she respects the Old World tradition of keeping the ...

Tradition in the woods

By Salena Zito
Long before the first faint light peeks through the inky darkness of tomorrow morning, nearly 1 million men, women and children will take to the Pennsylvania woods to begin a tradition placed into law in 1682, when the land was ...

Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency

By Salena Zito
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary — to discuss a possible run for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia against a ...

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