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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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Philly’s new vibrancy lures crowds

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA — Only a year old, in this birthplace of American democracy,  Independence Beer Garden is a landscaped oasis in a once-stark cement portico. It ...

Don’t remove history’s lessons

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA It’s not hard to imagine how life was conducted in 1776 as you stand where 56 men signed a document severing them from Great Britain. River rock remains the bumpy surface for the grid of streets between old buildings ...

Leading on race: Communities, not elites

By Salena Zito
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as ...

GOP sets its sights on Pennsylvania in 2016

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA — Republican leaders, candidates and campaign strategists are assembling in the City of Brotherly Love to give conservatives from its collar counties a glimpse ...

Philly to host 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference this week

By Salena Zito
Republicans are billing theirs as the “Grand Opportunity Party” when their Northeast Republican Leadership Conference opens in Philadelphia this week. Attendees will talk with panelists about American foreign policy and terrorism, Obamacare and health reform, connecting with voters through social ...

State Dem chair: Governor doesn’t want me in the job

By Salena Zito
Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn is weighing whether to step down from the post because, he said, Gov. Tom Wolf would prefer someone else ...

Pittsburgh roots shape former Md. governor’s outlook in run for president

By Salena Zito
A work ethic and values learned from his father’s blue-collar Pittsburgh upbringing will bolster former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in his run for the presidency, ...

Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’

By Salena Zito
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink ...

Unquestionable courage & sacrifice

By Salena Zito
ARLINGTON, Va. The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery’s pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding ...

Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race

By Aaron Aupperlee  and Salena Zito
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited from ...

Needed: Leaders with moral compasses

By Salena Zito
ALIQUIPPA Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening. We shrug off — or, worse, defend — cheaters in professional sports; we not only accept but often praise awful jobs ...

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