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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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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