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Biking the battleground: Canvassing America's voters

Biking the battleground: Canvassing America's voters

Washington Times columnist Cheryl K. Chumley is biking the battleground, visiting 14 states in 14 days to hear what real Americans think of the 2020 election.


A lifesize bronze sculpture of international motorcycle racing sensation Nicky Hayden is located in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. (Cheryl Chumley/The Washington Times)

America the great: 14 days, 14 states, optimism abounds

- The Washington Times

It’s easy to become jaded about America. It’s easy to sit at home, listen to the news, watch the candidates duke it out, hear as the pundits bicker, moan and groan as the politicians do what politicians do — politick — and then think only the darkest of America’s future. But go outside the bubble of bickering — and it’s a different world.

FILE - This Feb. 23, 2011 file photo shows the Marshall University Old Main exterior in Huntington, W.Va. The school will temporarily suspend in-person classes once students return from spring break in late March 2020 as it continues to monitor the threat of the new coronavirus in a state with no confirmed cases. (Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

Democrat mayor — gasp! — cuts taxes, admits he’s ‘capitalist’

- The Washington Times

Make way for the pink elephant. For the pig to fly. For the you know where to freeze. For the blue moon to blaze. For the four-leaf clover among the bed of three’s. What’s the deal? There’s a Democrat who just said this: “I might have ‘D’ after my name, but I [also] have capital ‘C’ after my name — capitalist.”

The State Capitol stands in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, July 1, 2020. Nebraska lawmakers will resume their session on July 20, 2020, after a four-month pause triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. They still have major issues to address, including a property tax package and an upgrade of Nebraska's biggest tax incentive program, but all of that may be overshadowed by the pandemic's impact on tax revenue. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska’s politically unique way of getting along

- The Washington Times

Nebraska is the only state in the nation with a unicameral legislature — a zero party, zero partisanship House absent a Senate where bills are presented and debated absent the typical Republican versus Democrat bickering, then sent along to the governor for signing, or not. Founding Fathers would be proud.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is basking in a national spotlight after keeping South Dakota open. She's emerged as one to watch for a 2024 run. (Associated Press)

Coronavirus fears, politics block common sense: Kristi Noem

- The Washington Times

It’s one thing for Americans to take simple, sane, sensible solutions to protect themselves from getting sick. It’s another thing entirely to shut down an entire nation, an entire economy, entire school and church and business communities, all for — fear? Fear mixed with politics. So says South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem anyway.

In this image from video, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

Kristi Noem: ‘We are best served by leaders that know their place’

- The Washington Times

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, in a sit-down interview in her official offices, said the flare-up of violence around the nation is “astounding” and comes from “poor leadership” — and “overwhelmingly, these are Democrat-led communities.” Precisely. That’s the nugget of political truth the mainstream media wants voters to avoid seeing.

Supporters of President Donald Trump circle the State Capitol as they protest Gov. Tim Walz's "Stay Home MN" orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP) ** FILE **

Pipestone: A small Minnesota town with massive American spirit

- The Washington Times

Pipestone is a small town with a massive American spirit. And in this day and age of hate-filled politics, partisan punditry and vicious attacks in the streets masquerading as First Amendment peaceful protests, it’s a breath of fresh air to find people who not only love America, but actively live out American values.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker talks about the amount of testing going on for professional sports and players staying in a bubble compared to high school athletes when asked why high school football was being delayed during a press conference to speak about the state surpassing 5 million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Coronavirus backlash builds as politics of virus becomes evident

- The Washington Times

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker just ordered a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants in certain counties. In certain Region 1 counties. In certain Republican-voting counties, that is. And that is raising some interesting questions among business owners and medical professionals alike who wonder: Is it the virus, or politics?

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks in an announcement of his ending the campaign for president, in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, March 1, 2020. Buttigieg, who rose from being the Indiana mayor to a barrier-breaking, top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Sunday. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

South Bend, Indiana, is one strange electoral animal

- The Washington Times

Twenty-to-one. That’s the ratio of Donald Trump to Joe Biden campaign signs that can be seen while driving the northern country roads of Pennsylvania and Ohio into Indiana. And that’s being generous. To Biden. In some places, for some seemingly endlessly long stretches of time and roadway, the ratio was more like 30:1.

A visitor views the Liberty Bell from outside as the center is temporarily closed for cleaning in Philadelphia, Monday, March 16, 2020.  In a new front to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities in five heavily populated counties starting Monday. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia down due to COVID-19, but far from out

- The Washington Times

Philadelphia may be masked, depressed and a bit down due to the coronavirus — but it’s definitely not out. There’s still a spirit hovering about the Liberty Bell; there’s still a sort of hushed awe staring at the very buildings Founding Fathers hashed out America’s great government.