The Note

Incoming Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) is seeking donations of as much as $25,000 for his inaugural party, report the Washington Post's John Wagner and David Nakamura. LINK

The Detroit News reports that Dick DeVos (R-MI), former candidate for governor, spent a whopping $41.6 million ($35 million out of his own pocket) in his campaign to try to topple Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), who spent $14 million. LINK

Casting and counting:

Major changes in the way Americans cast their ballots and how ballots are counted are expected to be implemented in time for the 2008 presidential campaign. The New York Times has the story. LINK

Weekend politics:

On Sunday, President and Mrs. Bush attend "Christmas in Washington" at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC at 6:00 pm ET. At 10:15 am ET Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) attends a meet and greet in Keene, NH before heading to Cornish, NH at 12:30 pm ET for an event hosted by New Hampshire Democrats. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the keynote speaker at Yeshiva University's annual dinner at 7:00 pm ET in New York City. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) hosts New Hampshire activists at her home in Washington, DC for a sit-down dinner.

Intern for the ABC News Political Unit:

The ABC News Political Unit is now seeking full-time interns for the spring semester. There are a few requirements you should know about before applying for the internship

- You must be either a graduate student or junior or senior in college.

-You must be able to work long days, starting early, Monday through Friday.

-If your school gives credit for internships, you must receive credit.

-The internship begins Jan. 8 and runs into May.

Not only will you get to write for The Note, but ABC News Political Unit interns also are afforded the opportunity to help manage ABC's Political Radar, cover political events around town, and conduct research used by ABC News broadcasts.

If you write well, don't mind getting up early, and have some familiarity with web publishing, send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible, with the subject line: "INTERN" in all caps.

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