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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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Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary

By Salena Zito
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color and gender of Republican weighing a run for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Iowa Freedom ...

Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

By Salena Zito
South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House ...

Senior Democrat Doyle anchors Pennsylvania delegation in U.S. House

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle has earned the seat of honor in the House chamber’s “Pennsylvania corner” as the unofficial dean of the state’s ...

Webster brought unwanted divisiveness

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A young boy wearing a red polka-dot tie, his crisp blue shirt escaping his belted trousers from constant activity, found his way to the ...

GOP quick strikes are expected on health care, pipeline in Congress

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Poised to assume control of the House and Senate when Congress convenes Tuesday, Republicans said they intend to address issues that have bipartisan ...

Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation commands clout

By Salena Zito
With the Republican Party poised to take a stronger lead in the Capitol, so too is Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, lawmakers and analysts say. When the 114th ...

Distrust fuels populist movement

By Salena Zito
The Washington political classes do not understand you. If you are a Democrat, they assume you’re a pure progressive. They take for granted that you consider climate change a religion, think immigration should be a free pass for everyone, support ...

Potential GOP candidates a mix of races, genders, age groups, viewpoints

By Salena Zito
The Republican Party’s bench of potential presidential candidates for 2016 breaks tradition. This time, party officials and analysts say, the GOP may have more diversity than ...

Tight Toomey-Sestak Senate rematch in Pennsylvania eyed in 2016

By Salena Zito
Political analysts predict a tight race for Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey if former Rep. Joe Sestak is his Democratic challenger, and they say the ...

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 ...

Team in place for possible Santorum run for White House

By Salena Zito
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may be inching closer to another run for president. Longtime adviser John Brabender said a team is in place if Santorum, ...

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