Salena Zito

About Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst, a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner, and co-author (with Brad Todd) of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics . To find out more about Salena and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

Pennsylvania 2020:
It’s Complicated

Pennsylvania is not a slam-dunk for Donald Trump's reelection campaign. That's one takeaway from Tuesday's elections, which turned the Philadelphia suburbs even bluer, as Republicans suffered additional congressional losses following last year's midterms. The Democrats have gone from a 13-5 minority in the House to a 9-9 split. These results in the eastern part of

By | 2019-11-11T17:58:30-07:00 November 11th, 2019|Tags: |

The Bellwether House Race for 2020 Is in Western Pennsylvania

MT. LEBANON, Pennsylvania—Army combat veteran Sean Parnell kicked off his race as a Republican running for the U.S. House here at Pamela's Diner. It's within a stone's throw of the district office of U.S. Representative Conor Lamb, the Democrat he's challenging for the 17th Congressional District seat in 2020. "My plan for today is just

By | 2019-11-04T19:48:19-07:00 November 4th, 2019|Tags: |

Will the Democrats Miss Middle America Again?

COLUMBUS, Ohio—In the weeks, then months and now years after losing the presidential election in 2016, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly demonstrated in speeches and television interviews that she has no idea why she lost. She has blamed everything from racism to Russia, from the media to sexism, from deplorables to stubborn, backward-looking nostalgia. Now she's

By | 2019-10-28T19:45:33-07:00 October 28th, 2019|Tags: |

Why Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Recruit Outside the Ivy League Liberal Bubble

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know that Facebook strives for diversity in its workforce—and not just on the basis of race or gender. The CEO says he works hard to recruit people who attended a state school, are rooted to their local communities and come from traditional backgrounds. "We certainly do," Zuckerberg said of his

By | 2019-10-21T16:24:58-07:00 October 21st, 2019|Tags: |

How Small Cities and Towns Can Right Their Ship

ERIE, Pennsylvania—Several large pieces of cobalt-blue glass panels bearing "Don't Give Up the Ship" and a bold likeness of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry lay broken at the top of the third-floor stairs of the old Park Place building in the city's main square. If ever there were a motto that exemplified a place and her

By | 2019-10-15T21:05:19-07:00 October 14th, 2019|Tags: |

Old-School House Democrats Face Primary Challenges From Progressives Across the Country

PITTSBURGH—Jerry Dickinson is the Democrats' perfect House candidate—and not just on paper. Yes, he's young, accomplished, academic, and a charismatic liberal outsider who supports the ideals of the Green New Deal, the impeachment of the president and can self-raise an impressive amount of cash for his candidacy. He is all of those things and more.

By | 2019-09-30T19:45:10-07:00 September 30th, 2019|Tags: |

Repurposing ‘America’s Hometown’

OAKDALE, Pennsylvania—Some towns die hard. This one nearly did. The Aetna Chemical Corp. plant exploded 101 years ago, leveling most of the town, killing nearly 200 people, maiming hundreds more. Some body parts landed nearly a mile away. The horrifying news ran across the front page of every newspaper in the country, with reports of

By | 2019-09-23T21:27:52-07:00 September 23rd, 2019|Tags: |

The Crackers and Frackers Could Hold the Keys to 2020

MONACA, Pennsylvania—All Darrin Kelly wanted for the energy workers in Western Pennsylvania was that the Democratic presidential hopefuls would talk to them before going to war against shale. That opportunity slipped away last Friday when Elizabeth Warren joined Bernie Sanders in calling for a total fracking ban. "On my first day as president, I will

By | 2019-09-17T20:43:17-07:00 September 17th, 2019|Tags: |

It Will Take Hometown Heroes to Fix Broken Towns

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio—Greg Bricker is tired of his community looking through the rearview mirror to an idyllic past, rather than looking forward and trying to plot a better course. He feels this rearview mindset dominates his town, especially the local government. So after missing the statewide deadline for getting on the November 5 ballot, Bricker

By | 2019-09-10T00:55:33-07:00 September 9th, 2019|Tags: |

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