DAYBREAK DAILY: Gansler bides time in Maryland gubernatorial race

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly overcast with on-and-off rain and highs near 80.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Overnight storms roll into the area with predictable damage; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

GANSLER IN NO RUSH: Enjoy the summer, per the Baltimore Sun, “For the past month, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has been making news in the 2014 Democratic race for governor. His presumed chief rival, Attorney General Douglas M. Gansler, has been biding his time. Brown became the first big name Democrat out of the gate when he made his candidacy official May 10. He followed that up quickly with last week's news that Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, previously a prospective rival, has agreed to be his running mate.

“As Brown and Ulman celebrate their new political partnership Monday in Columbia, the question is what Gansler's next move will be. Does the attorney general have an effective counter to Brown's jack rabbit start and recruitment of a top-tier ticket mate? The Gansler campaign has insisted that it's in no hurry to parry Brown's move. Aides say he's content to stick with his plan to announce in the fall, when voters will be more tuned in to next year's campaign.”

MORE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR MCDONNELL: And his wife, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell indicated on his annual financial disclosure forms for 2011 and 2012 that his wife served as a paid trustee of a family charity, the Frances G. and James W. McGlothlin Foundation. But in an interview, James McGlothlin said the $21 million family foundation never named McDonnell to its board.

“Instead, McGlothlin said, the family asked Maureen McDonnell to become an adviser to the charitable efforts of both the family foundation and the United Company, a natural resources and real estate company in Bristol that has made the McGlothlins one of the wealthiest families in the state.”

FIRES GONE WILD: Southern California takes a hit, per the Los Angeles Daily News, “Strong gusty winds, heavy smoke and heat continued to challenge more than 2,000 firefighters who worked into a fourth night on Sunday to suppress the fast-moving Powerhouse Fire that has consumed more than 25,000 acres within the Angeles National Forest and was headed toward a popular poppy reserve. At least 1,000 people from the Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake areas remained evacuated from their homes as the blaze made a destructive march north toward the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve and the California Aqueduct.

“While temperatures in the area stayed in the 90s on Sunday, high winds pushed hard over the rocky terrain, challenging firefighters out on hot spots and their efforts to prevent the flames from fanning into different directions, including back to Green Valley and other residential areas. In some spots, thick dead brush hadn't burned since 1929.”

METRO PAYCHECKS: Not too shabby, per the Washington Post, “The salaries of Metro’s top executives remained largely unchanged for this year, although some new hires and promotions raised the total payroll slightly for the leadership group. Richard Sarles, the general manager of Metro, is the highest-paid executive at the agency, earning $350,000 a year. The board of directors recently extended his contract by two years, through January 2016, and gave him a raise that will bring his annual salary to $366,000 starting next year.”

WELCOME BACK: Or something like that, per the New York Times, “Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday from a weeklong recess, facing a critical juncture on immigration legislation and controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department that will test Congress’s ability to balance its twin responsibilities of legislating and investigating. For President Obama, how those competing priorities balance out could mean the difference between securing a landmark accomplishment — the first overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws since 1986 — or becoming consumed by charges of scandal.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO. The College Republican National Committee on Monday will make public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future.”

PARKING LOT FATALITY: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “An 81-year-old woman died after she was hit by an SUV in the parking lot of the Giant store at Cabin John Shopping Center Sunday afternoon. Montgomery County Police have been on scene investigating and interviewing witnesses as they try to piece together how and why this happened. Shortly before 2 p.m., the woman was walking from the parking area toward Giant when she was hit by an Acura SUV. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.”

WE’RE GOOD, HERE: So move along, per the Washington Examiner, “Voters didn't have the appetite to challenge any of the contentious laws passed by the Maryland General Assembly this year, despite the successful push to put three big-ticket laws to referendum on last year's ballot. Groups attempting to challenge Maryland's laws restricting gun ownership, repealing the death penalty and giving Prince George's County's executive more control over schools failed to come up with the initial round of signatures necessary to get those issues on the 2014 ballot as of the 11:59 p.m. deadline Friday.”

MR. FIX-IT?: Perhaps, per the Washington Times, “More than a billion gallons of storm water and sewage flow into the District of Columbia’s rivers every year, and there is a belief that George Hawkins is the man to fix it. The D.C. Water general manager is a national environmental rock star, a charismatic man — as anyone who has seen him sketch a once-in-a-century infrastructure project on a whiteboard can attest. He is said to harbor ambitions of someday becoming administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

HELPING THE VETS: Through DNA, per the Virginian-Pilot, “A veterans hospital in Richmond has joined a national research initiative to develop a genetic database with DNA samples from 1 million veterans. McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center has collected blood samples from 601 participants since it began enrolling veterans in the database in March.”

HUH?: You be the judge, per the New York Post, “Michael Douglas has made a jaw-dropping revelation about his throat cancer: He didn’t contract it from smoking or drinking — but from oral sex. The Oscar-winning Hollywood star set tongues wagging after he told The Guardian newspaper that he contracted HPV, or human papillomavirus, though a sex act and it developed into cancer.

“Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” he told the British newspaper in an interview published Sunday.”

SEE YA: Of a departure, per City Paper, “John Wilmerding will step down as board chair of the National Gallery of Art later this year. A spokesperson for the National Gallery confirmed that Wilmerding will leave the post after the annual board of trustees' meeting in September.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 6-3 at Atlanta.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: ABC 7 photojournalist Ben Rice was in the right place at the perfect time Sunday evening when a rainbow appeared over the Marine Corps War Memorial.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Councilman David Grosso (I-at large), who will be asked about ethics reform, the proposal to ease the city’s marijuana laws, food truck regulation and the 2014 campaign.

--Skip Wood