(CNN) - It's probably not on your calendar but in the political world Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of a symbolically important, self-determined revamp for the Republican Party.
As Republicans march on to the 2014 midterms armed with a plan for success - laid out in a post-election report prescribed from the party's failing in the 2012 - Democrats insist the so-called autopsy has had a negligible effect on transforming the GOP.
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Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who ordered the report, termed the "Growth and Opportunity Project Effort," said one year later, "I can report that we've fundamentally reshaped the way we do business."
The effort focused on assessing and improving the GOP's campaign strategy - including ground game and fundraising. It looked at learning lessons from Democrats' successful campaign methods, which helped secure President Barack Obama's second term and propelled the party to a net gain of two seats in the U.S. Senate and eight seats in the House of Representatives.
In an opinion editorial for CNN, Priebus touted his party's multi-million dollar investment in technology - and area where Democrats in recent elections have surged ahead - and new voter outreach efforts. Priebus writes that the RNC is even venturing into Silicon Valley for data tool development for field organizers.
More tangibly, the party has moved to overhaul the Republican presidential election process for 2016, by condensing the primary calendar and punishing states that upend voting order. They are also considering moving the GOP nominating convention to late June instead of late August, when it was held in 2012, and limit the number of Republican presidential primary debates.
One year older... but wiser?
"Three hundred-sixty five days later, all the Republican Party is is another year older," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the rival Democratic National Committee, said at press conference in Washington.
The congresswoman from Florida said Republicans have failed to change their tone towards groups like woman and minorities - blocs that heavily favored Obama over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
Asked if Democrats are banking on outlandish comments from Republicans in future elections, Schultz pointed to her party's 2013 win in purple state of Virginia, where Democrats now control the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.
"We didn't win elections in the last couple cycles on Hail Marys," she said.
In gearing up for the 2014 elections, a special Congressional race in Florida last week gave Republicans a boost of confidence heading into the midterms.
GOP candidate and former Washington lobbyist David Jolly beat out Democrat Alex Sink in the election to fill a seat left vacant by the death last October of longtime Republican Rep. Bill Young.
While the outcome does not change anything for Democrats in their calculus for retaking the House in next November's midterms - they still need to pick up 17 seats - the race was seen as testing the waters for the coming election.
"The power of our new tools and new strategy was on display last week, when we helped David Jolly win an important special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District. That victory has Democrats worried about November," Priebus said in the op-ed.
When asked about the results, Wasserman Schultz said Democrats would have liked a win but warned that insight into which party will succeed in the midterms won't come from a special election.
"The reality is that was a special election where the Republicans won in a Republican district," she said. "We know that when Democrats vote, Democrats win so turnout in terms of what the electorate looks like is really critical."
CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.