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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

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Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
‘Soldier’s soldier’ Army Gen. Austin leads war on ISIS terrorists
GOP leadership rooted in Badger State
Incumbent congressional candidates prefer to leave D.C. out of ads
Divorced from Washington, determined to reform it
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Virginia GOP Senate candidate Gillespie piles up mileage pursuing Warner
Wisconsin Gov. Walker, in fierce battle to keep post, gains notice for reformist ways, win over unions
Patients’ angst spurs Oregon doctor to enter crucial Senate race for GOP
Border, energy at forefront for Louisiana Gov. Jindal
The dean of new age politics notes the web marvels in campaigns

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D.C. elites miss signs pointing to GOP Senate

By Salena Zito
BROOKHAVEN, W.Va If you don’t look in the weeds, sometimes you miss the signs. Late this summer, along the edges of this Mountain State town, a homemade sign jutted from the edge of a country road. It read, simply: “Change …

Voters poised to hit brakes on Obama, Dems

By Salena Zito
Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal. This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust — from the launch (disastrously) of the healthcare.gov website, to telling Americans (incorrectly) that if …

GOP leadership rooted in Badger State

By Salena Zito
SOMERS, Wis. They are Badgers, Brewers and Packers fans. More comfortable in jeans and boots than suits and ties, they love their state with a passion only a local could comprehend, grew up in middle-class families and speak plainly about …

Divorced from Washington, determined to reform it

By Salena Zito
BEDFORD — Although it closed decades ago, the G.C. Murphy Co. name remains integrated on the tiled floor of Founders Crossing, an antique store and café now occupying the corner of Lincoln Highway and Juliana Street here. In the 19th-century …

Lament of the fed-up voter

By Salena Zito
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marv Rach spent 38 of his 69 years as a registered Democrat. Now the Vietnam War veteran and retired factory supervisor is a Republican, not because he has a great love for that party but …

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 …

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