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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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Republican National Committee Chair Priebus praises GOP progress

By Salena Zito
The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters …

Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns

By Salena Zito
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

‘Soldier’s soldier’ Army Gen. Austin leads war on ISIS terrorists

By Salena Zito
For Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, re-engaging terrorists in Iraq now hits close to home. One of the first military leaders into Iraq in 2003, …

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 …

Incumbent congressional candidates prefer to leave D.C. out of ads

By Salena Zito
Keith Rothfus talks to the camera about his struggle with a rare cancer, crediting American innovations for saving his life. Mike Kelly walks his Butler …

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 …

Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film

By Salena Zito
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

Virginia GOP Senate candidate Gillespie piles up mileage pursuing Warner

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner’s “Main Street appeal” to Virginians. Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, is …

Wisconsin Gov. Walker, in fierce battle to keep post, gains notice for reformist ways, win over unions

By Salena Zito
APPLETON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker seems to know his populist management style could win over more than just Badger State residents. He’s talking …

Patients’ angst spurs Oregon doctor to enter crucial Senate race for GOP

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Uncertain times can attract nontraditional, distinctive candidates in American politics. Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, a Portland, Ore., doctor running as the Republican challenger …

Border, energy at forefront for Louisiana Gov. Jindal

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If President Obama were serious about reforming America’s immigration policy, he would secure the Texas border immediately, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the …

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