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On the Front Lines of the Tearing of Our Social Fabric

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- When the Hampton Battery was dedicated here in 1871 to a young Civil War soldier who lost his life protecting the Union at Chancellorsville, Virginia, the granite monument was a point of pride for residents of this neighborhood. They would stroll along the trails of the lush park filled with trees located across the street from ...Read more

Vestiges of Americana Fading Before Our Eyes

From the Right / Salena Zito /

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pennsylvania -- In truth, the last Howard Johnson's restaurant closed long before the one in Lake George, New York, did last week. The only thing that particular location had in common with the fried clams and 28 flavors of ice cream the restaurant was famous for was maintaining the iconic orange roof that signaled to families for...Read more

How Tim Scott Rose From Poverty to Become Our Only Black GOP Senator

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Tim Scott knows the hassle that comes with being both black and conservative. Recently "The View" host Sunny Hostin said that being a black Republican is an oxymoron, and Scott, who is the only black Republican in the U.S. senate, just shook his head.

"The comments are ridiculous," he said.

The GOP has "championed...Read more

Ignoring the Noise and Running on Good Governing Are the Biggest Lessons of Georgia

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said his decisive win on Tuesday had everything to do with focusing on the concerns of Georgia voters and not getting stuck on past grievances, no matter whether they came from former President Donald Trump, Stacey Abrams, or the corporations that sought to punish Georgia last year over the state's new voting laws.

"We ...Read more

What the Conservative Populist Coalition's Growth in Pennsylvania Means Going Forward

From the Right / Salena Zito /

FANNETTSBURG, Pennsylvania -- The first time I accidentally stumbled onto the cracked Back Road street sign in this Franklin County unincorporated town years ago, while covering the 2012 presidential race between then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitt Romney, I knew I had to turn onto it even though I had no idea where it led.

It was ...Read more

Sarah Palin Dishes on Trump, Her Congress Run and Love With Ron Duguay

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Sarah Palin is standing on the back deck of her father's home in Wasilla, Alaska, spending the day like she usually does: getting her youngest child, Trig, ready for school while checking in with her 84-year-old dad as he adjusts to life without her mom, who passed away suddenly last year.

"Trig goes to public school at a really great special ...Read more

The Anatomy of a Wave Election

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CARLISLE, Pennsylvania -- It was called the political storm of the century. It would end with the largest single turnover of power in American history -- and one for the ages.

It was fall of 1894. People were still feeling the effects of the Panic of 1893, which had shut down most of the economy and plunged the nation into a catastrophic ...Read more

Why Georgia Gov. Kemp Tops the Polls Despite Trump's Bid to Take Him Down

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he is certain one thing won't happen before the Republican gubernatorial primary May 24: an endorsement from former President Donald J. Trump.

After Trump called him "a turncoat, a coward, and a complete and total disaster" in front of a crowd of supporters at a rally in Commerce, Georgia, last Saturday, ...Read more

Nikki Haley Wants a Conservative Renaissance

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Nikki Haley has been busy.

The former ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor has spent the past few months not discussing herself but rather conservative candidates running for office with voters across the country.

Her goal is to encourage people to vote for candidates she believes best embody the populist ...Read more

Macomb County GOP Ousts Party Leaders Stuck Re-litigating Trump's 2020 Loss

From the Right / Salena Zito /

On Monday evening, each of Michigan's 83 county parties held Republican conventions. Conservatives met with the purpose of electing delegates to the state endorsement convention to begin the process of nominating candidates for attorney general and secretary of state, as well as to the Supreme Court and state education boards.

This is a ...Read more

Pennsylvania's Dramatic Shift Rightward Is a Warning Sign for Both Parties about Overreach

From the Right / Salena Zito /

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania -- When Ken Miller changed his party registration from Democrat to Republican in September 2020, he said he wasn't doing it for Donald Trump. He had not voted for Trump nor Hillary Clinton in 2016. Rather, he said, he was doing it for himself and his community after watching Democrats govern during the pandemic.

"I am ...Read more

Up from Rock Bottom: Recovery from a National Overdose Epidemic

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WILLS, Pennsylvania -- Andrew Ayers is busy working on loading and unloading several machines at Guy Chemical -- a massive, 30,000-square-foot industrial facility that sits tucked along the border of a tiny unincorporated town in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. People call Ayers one of the lucky ones for surviving his addiction to both heroin and...Read more

Seventy-Two Hours

From the Right / Salena Zito /

As most true heroes will tell you, if you can get them to talk about themselves, they are drawn to running toward the fire rather than away from it -- not because they possess extraordinary courage or remarkable strength, but because of a deep sense of purpose.

One week ago, a handful of strangers that included Vlad Finn, Tyler Merritt and a ...Read more

 

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