HNN Staff
EDITORIAL:  A Good Year Coming for WV Republicans--But Then What?

2014 is shaping up as a classic off-election year victory for the Republican Party nationally and across West Virginia.  The opposing party almost always picks up seats in the sixth year of a two-term President's tenure.

This year looks bleak for the Democrats and correspondingly rosy for Republicans, as many polls are already showing.

Take a look at the tea leaves in this heavy brew for Democrats in 2014 Congressional and legislative races:

So if Republican candidates here can run strong campaigns, all indications point to a significant Republican victory this fall, with the GOP taking over the West Virginia House of Delegates for the first time in...eight decades!

Political strategists will tell you that a party that benefits from voter disappointment or anger in their rival party should just lay low and let the wrath of the voters fall on the other party's heads.  No need to muddy the water, floating ideas that may not be popular and giving an angry populace yet another target.

However, we believe that there ought to be some initiatives that the WV GOP believe in so much that they will share them with the public ahead of the elections.  That way, a real mandate from the voters can be the result, not just voters repudiating the state's Democratic leadership.

We look forward to hearing the GOP's ideas on major issues facing this state throughout this election year.  2014 is their big chance to make an impression on the public.  They should tell us what they would do differently in state government should they assume power.