Lots of news about next year’s elections. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown will formally announce his running mate pick for his gubernatorial bid (that pick is almost certainly Howard County Executive Ken Ulman). Attorney General Doug Gansler isn’t saying whether or not he’ll run for governor next year, but says he will not seek a third term as AG. Republican Harford County Executive David Craig will formally enter the governor’s race today; he will not face former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino in the primary, as Bongino says he’ll run for the 6th District Congressional Seat. Also: two petition drives fail to bring in enough signatures, meaning that Maryland’s death penalty repeal and its new gun law will not go before voters. We look at Baltimore’s “local hiring mandate” – likely to be approved by the City Council today. Plus: water quality in Baltimore’s harbor, BARCS temporarily stops taking in stray dogs, a look at why the region’s hospitals want proton beam therapy, and more.