The Note: "Grave and Deteriorating"

Christine Jennings (D-FL) said she intends to contest the results of the Nov. 7th congressional election which put her 369 votes behind Vern Buchanan with the House Administration Committee. She and her lawyers have already had meetings with Democratic staff members on the committee.

The Hill has more: LINK

Casting and counting:

A federal panel has voted to start a plan that would lead to most of the country switching to paperless electronic voting machines. The Washington Post has the story. LINK

Political potpourri:

The plan to add two additional seats to the House of Representatives -- one likely Republican one from Utah and one likely Democratic one from Washington, DC -- has been scuttled for now. The New York Times' Kirk Johnson has the story. LINK

More from the Washington Post: LINK

A group of the West's most influential Democrats is creating a new organization to try and capitalize on Colorado's Rocky Mountain region in the 2008 presidential election, Notes the Denver Posts' John Aloysius Farrell. LINK

(Former NBA superstar Doug Sosnik is running the show - which may (or may not) comport with the declaration from one Western Democrat that the group is not "organizing to advocate specifically for one candidate.")

Additional schedule items:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and First Lady Maria Shriver induct 13 legends, leaders and trailblazers into the first-ever California Hall of Fame at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento, CA at 7:00 pm ET.

At 9:00 am ET Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Democrats hold a closed forum on the economy with former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.

Attorney for the ACLU and Human Rights First case hold a news teleconference at 10:00 am ET about the case charging Secretary Rumsfeld and three senior military officers alleged allowed abuse and torture to occur under their command.

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