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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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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 9:00 p.m.
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 ...

Virginia results pose puzzle for parties

By Salena Zito
Election results are like the tiny pieces of a vast, intricate jigsaw puzzle depicting America’s landscape, complete with rolling farms, a railroad crossing, blocks of industry, homes and people — lots and lots of different people. Only the incredibly patient, ...

Wisconsin becomes 2016’s Ohio

By Salena Zito
In late summer, as national media reported that Republican Scott Walker would “finally” lose the Wisconsin governor’s mansion in November, a man and two women paraded through the state capital campus with homemade pro-union signs, warning Walker’s days in power ...

Repair time for (and under) U.S. Capitol’s dome

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Construction scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol dome like a metal honeycomb. Yet this iconic symbol of freedom, built to host the men and women who enact America’s laws, still gleams beautifully on a cloudless fall day. Unseen by the ...

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) ...

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 ...

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