DAYBREAK DAILY: Ed Gillespie touts agenda heading into convention

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ED GILLESPIE: Of a strategy, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Two days before the state GOP convention in Roanoke where he hopes to be nominated for the U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie on Thursday revealed his political and economic agenda designed to unite moderate Republicans and the more conservative tea party wing. Touting his record as a corporate consultant, congressional aide and presidential adviser, Gillespie told reporters in a press call that his experience will help him be “an effective senator on Day One.”

“The New Jersey native, who wants to take on Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., in November, also stressed his background in Virginia politics, where he has guided several legislative and executive campaigns. Gillespie also briefly served as chairman of the state GOP. Gillespie faces three other candidates at the convention Saturday — but political experts believe that he will have little trouble rallying most of the 5,000 delegates behind him.”

MARYLAND DEMS DEBATE: Next up, the election, per the Baltimore Sun, “Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler ripped into the record of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as the Democratic candidates for governor held their third and final debate Thursday on a Baltimore radio station. Gansler blamed O'Malley and Brown for many of Baltimore's problems as he, Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur appeared on former state Sen. Larry Young's WOLB-AM radio show.

“. . . Brown ignored many of the jabs but at one point lauded the administration's record in Baltimore, pointing to billions of dollars of investments in city schools, its historically black colleges and the port. He also defended the choices the administration made on taxes and spending during the economic recession, pointing to the state's record of holding down college costs over the past eight years.”

VIRGINIA ABORTION CLINICS: Specter of Cuccinelli looms, per the Washington Post, “Weeks after Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged Virginia’s Board of Health to reconsider strict rules imposed upon the state’s abortion clinics, the panel offered a public update Thursday on a lengthy review process that could result in repealing or rewriting the regulations — but could take years to complete.

“In the review’s first phase, the Health Department has until Oct.?1 to write a report based on public feedback. Using the report to inform her decision, Marissa Levine, the state’s interim health commissioner, will decide whether the rules should be retained, amended or repealed. She will report her decision to the board in December, and board members won’t take action until next year. By then, McAuliffe (D) is expected to appoint more members who side with him on access to abortion.”

LYFT AND UBER: Cease and desist, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease-and-desist orders Thursday to Lyft and Uber, telling the two taxi-like services they must stop operating in violation of state law or face fines against their drivers. The two companies are on the leading edge of a trend in which smartphone apps are used to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles, often as a side job. They also are often at odds with governments across the country as states and cities try to figure out how to regulate them.”

SEATTLE SHOOTING: Raw facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “A man wielding a shotgun, armed with a knife and wearing a black hoodie, quickly fired several rounds at a small Christian university in Seattle on Thursday afternoon, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring three others.

“A student security guard at a Seattle Pacific University engineering building fired pepper spray at the suspect as he reloaded his shotgun at about 3:20 p.m. The student then pinned down the suspect until police arrived minutes later and took him into custody. Police said that the identity of 26-year-old suspect would not be released until he was formally booked, and that he was not a student at the university.”

BOWE BERGDAHL: New information, per the New York Times, “A classified military report detailing the Army’s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before — both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan — and then returned, according to people briefed on it.

“The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the dark of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline in his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl, then a private, intended to permanently desert.”

MEANWHILE: In related matters, per The Hill, “Some Senate Democrats say President Obama should not let the angry backlash over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deter him from negotiating with al Qaeda for other American prisoners.

“Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate, is pressing the Obama administration to renew its efforts to secure the freedom of a government contractor held captive by al Qaeda. She wants the Obama administration to pursue talks to free Warren Weinstein, a USAID contractor, who was kidnapped by al Qaeda in 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan, and Alan Gross, another USAID contractor, who is imprisoned in Cuba. Both are from Maryland.”

POLITICO PLAY: “In Washington, he is “Rahmbo,” the ruthless, profane operative who survived the Clinton White House despite being vanquished by the first lady. In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel has been dubbed the “murder mayor” by one critic, a snipe at the city’s high homicide rate.

“In Washington, he’s the campaign mastermind who reportedly mused about a 2016 presidential run if Hillary Clinton takes a pass. In Chicago, he’s the ham-fisted gentrifer who’s been tripped up by the city’s entrenched racial politics.”

ELLERBE FUTURE: A run for office?, per City Paper, “While embattled fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced that he'll retire in July, District wags have long been considering one option for the soon-to-be-ex-chief: a run at the Ward 7 seat held by Councilmember Yvette Alexander. The idea that Ellerbe would run for office in his ward has been around for a while. Anti-violence activist Ron Moten, who unsuccessfully ran against Alexander as a Republican in 2012, tells LL that he heard rumors even then that Ellerbe was eying the office.”

NO GO: On transgender referendum, per Gazette.Net, “Opponents of a new law that protects transgendered Marylanders against discrimination failed to gain enough signatures to bring the measure before voters this fall. founder and chairman Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown said in a statement that opponents fell about 1,000 signatures short of the number required to continue collecting signatures and bring the law to referendum this fall.”

FIRED UP IN FREDERICK: And then some, per the Frederick News-Post, “Another county commissioners meeting, another opportunity to make an uncomfortable memory. Like when one commissioner (David Gray) snaps at another commissioner (Blaine Young) and tells him to shut up.

“Gray's flare-up came Thursday, while he was asking whether commissioners were briefed on an upcoming trip to New York to meet with bond rating agencies. Gray tried to question county staff, but Young kept jumping in with answers. Eventually, Gray had had enough.”

NICE: Or not, per DCist, “A Georgia man who managed a company hired by the National Park Service to clean the storm water sewer system on the National Mall has admitted to illegally dumping the waste into the Potomac River.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Philadelphia 4-2.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, who will be asked about the election of the Attorney General, school boundaries, the soccer stadium proposal and more.

--Skip Wood