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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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The gender card is a loser for Democrats

By Salena Zito
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize this as a front for women — by ridiculing half of her constituents (and half ...

Beating back government by judiciary

By Salena Zito
It was the most important contest in America that nobody knows about. Everyone is examining last week’s Republican romp in governorships and state legislatures across the country, including historic majority margins in Pennsylvania’s state Senate, a blowout in Kentucky and ...

Democrats sweep Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania Democrats appeared to make history on Tuesday night. The party’s three candidates for state Supreme Court seemed to clinch three open seats from the moment ...

Meet the real electorate

By Salena Zito
Marco Rubio took to the ballroom stage two weeks ago in Pittsburgh’s Omni William Penn Hotel, the robber baron-era grande dame that has hosted every ...

Senate candidate McGinty would work to increase minimum wage to $15

By Salena Zito
Raising the minimum wage would help millions of average Americans regain financial footing and aid the nation’s economy, Democrat Katie McGinty said Monday. McGinty, a candidate ...

Divisiveness unwelcome at diner

By Salena Zito
AMSTERDAM, Ohio Outside the white clapboard cottage with red-trimmed shutters and a 1930s Extron gas pump, the sign still reads “Marsha’s Diner.” Inside, “Grammy’s Kitchen” ...

Vice President Biden says he will not enter the race for president

By Salena Zito
Joe Biden is out of the running for president. Biden, 72, announced his decision Wednesday at the White House with his wife and President Obama by ...

Dems appeal to ‘progressives,’ not all Americans

By Salena Zito
NEW BALTIMORE, Pa. Most people speeding along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, on a curve cutting the deep valley between High Knob and Cove Ridge, will miss seeing the only set of stairs on America’s first superhighway. For 75 years the ...

Democrats must focus on down-ballot seats, party chairwoman says

By Salena Zito
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is “painfully” aware of the number of down-ballot seats the party has lost in the past 10 years. Her ...

Butler’s Kelly game for House speaker, but only if Wisconsin’s Ryan isn’t

By Salena Zito
If it comes down to it, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly says, he’ll run for House speaker to help restore the American public’s faith in government. ...

Republican Party goes door-to-door to gauge standing for 2016 election

By Salena Zito
Odds are high that during October, someone will come door-knocking on a weekend to ask whether you plan to vote in November’s election. It’s part of ...

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