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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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Trust the issue in Fla. governor race

By Salena Zito
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, and everyone reacts as if it’s an avalanche), few are watching a contest with 2016 …

Dems’ coalition showing signs of strain

By Salena Zito
After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years but limited to one term. His message caused wild speculation that the first “people’s president” would not seek a second …

Why Obama lacks ISIS strategy

By Salena Zito
SHANKSVILLE Lambertville Road eerily remains the same bumpy local byway, from U.S. 30 to this small town, that it was 13 Septembers ago. Venerable trees still crowd its two lanes; mobile homes sprinkled among worn wood-frame houses appear unchanged. But …

Real American excellence

By Salena Zito
Excellence in America isn’t hard to find. Five-year-old Lorenzo Morton fiddles with the billiard balls along the edges of the pool table that greets customers …

Left behind in rural Northwest Ohio

By Salena Zito
VAN WERT, Ohio Two sunnyside-up eggs, four thick slices of bacon and wheat toast will lighten your wallet by under three bucks at Balyeat’s World …

Democrats’ white-vote dilemma

By Salena Zito
LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. — Sitting on the back of his truck, a homemade turkey wrap in one hand and a bottle of water in the other, Mark said the Democratic Party he grew up with is vastly different from the one …

Attacking McDonald’s attacks the American dream

By Salena Zito
KEYSERS RIDGE, Md. Atop a sweeping promontory named for a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad executive, a McDonald’s restaurant is one of two places to rest and grab a bite in this mountainous rural interchange. The other place is a truck …

Either way, Perry prepared for 2016

By Salena Zito
Rick Perry won’t decide before early next year if he will run for president again in 2016, but he does not “shy away from telling people that I am actively considering it.” “The lessons I learned in 2011 were frustrating …

‘Ready for Hillary’ in Northeast Pa.

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Evie McNulty and her husband, Jim, have been there from the beginning. She is Lackawanna County’s recorder and he is Scranton’s former mayor. Despite serving only one term in the 1980s, he is credited with starting the renaissance of …

A poor reflection of America

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A young mother tried to control her three youngsters in the hall outside the House Budget Committee conference room as her husband chatted with a committee staffer, who was giving the Kansas family a tour of the vast U.S. …

Democrats have their own problems

By Salena Zito
BOSTON, Pa. In 2007, Marilyn said, she was unwaveringly confident of a couple of things: Democrats would win the presidency, Hillary Clinton would be their nominee and the “party of the people” (of which she is a proud member) would …

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