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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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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 …

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 10:41 p.m.
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 …

The dean of new age politics notes the web marvels in campaigns

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Howard Dean isn’t laying claim to the Internet but acknowledges he had a hand in spurring its impact on modern politics. Ten years …

Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention

By Salena Zito
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

Anti-Beltway sentiments cost Cantor job, analysts and voters say

By Salena Zito
Had he campaigned at home and spent Election Day there, instead of with lobbyists at a Capitol Hill fundraiser in Starbucks, the outcome might have …

Climate change activist to boost Wolf’s bid for governor

By Salena Zito
Among politicians whom liberal billionaire Tom Steyer will aim to unseat in November is Gov. Tom Corbett, whose Democratic challenger will get a boost from …

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