DEMOCRATS have controlled the 100-member House of Delegates since 1930. Two years later, they gained control of the state Senate.
As the result of Democratic policies, West Virginia is:
The Democratic Party's patrons have benefited, but the state has fallen further and further behind. In 1930, the state had six congressmen. It failed to keep pace with the rest of the nation and now has only three.
If the state is to change for the better, voters have to change the House of Delegates. Republicans won 35 seats in the 100-member House last time. The party would need to win an additional 16 to take control.
But it is an uphill climb. Special interests like the status quo of this poor and weakened state.
West Virginians cannot be pleased with the eco-nomy of this great state. As Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney said, "If we're to turn West Virginia around, we must change the way we do business in Charleston.
"Career politicians can't solve the problems they helped to create. It's time for West Virginians to stand up and say, 'Enough is enough'."
Isn't it time?