Presidential candidate, ‘most powerful businesswoman’ headlining Maine conservative group’s event

Good morning from Augusta, where here and across Maine we’re having what has been billed as the hottest day of this summer. Robert Palmer, that’s your cue

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, ground-level ozone will be climbing throughout the day to unhealthy levels that could continue through Wednesday. The DEP’s advice for everyone is to basically take it easy and keep the water flowing, especially this afternoon. 

Not that you’ve never endured a hot day before and don’t know what to do, but here are some tips from the Maine Center for Disease Control. They might be worth a read because not only could it help you keep yourself safe, you might learn something that could save someone else’s life. 

What do you do, for example, if you see someone whose skin has become red and they aren’t sweating? This could be heat stroke; call 911. 

OK, there’s your State & Capitol Daily Brief health tip for the day. Now back to politics. — Christopher Cousins 


Chellie Pingree goes on tick safari

If you know anything about Lyme disease, you know it’s no joke. Ticks that carry it are increasing in numbers in Maine. There are more than 1,300 new cases of it per year.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has long been a proponent for increased funding to research and treat tick-borne diseases. But now, she’s also working at the ground level of the problem, no pun intended.

Today, Pingree will help researchers from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory survey for ticks on a popular trail at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The survey involves dragging fabric across areas that are likely to be infested with ticks.

At the very least, this ought to raise awareness of a terrible disease that has also been in focus at the State House. — Christopher Cousins

Former HP CEO headed to MHPC

Here’s the translation for that alphabet soup of a headline: Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina has agreed to be the guest speaker at the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon on Sept. 3 in South Portland.

Fiorina, a Republican candidate for president, started her career as a secretary in a real estate business and worked her way to being named Hewlett-Packard’s chief in 1999, becoming the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business. She was later named the most powerful businesswoman in the U.S. by Fortune Magazine. Fiorina is currently chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.

Also scheduled to be honored at the luncheon if Richard E. Dyke, chairman and CEO of Windham Weaponry, who will be honored with MHPC’s 2015 Freedom and Opportunity Award.

If you’re interested, tickets are limited but have your credit card ready. The lunch is $150 and if you want to meet Fiorina, it’s $250.  — Christopher Cousins

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How’s your reputation?

Do people roll their eyes when you walk into a room? Do they snicker when you walk out? You could have a problem with your reputation, but the Bangor Daily News is here to help. According to this article by Lisa Miller, all you need to do to improve your reputation is be on time, responsive, calm, kind, consistent, patient, gracious, sincere, responsible, respectful, thankful, dependable, ethical and grateful.

Sounds like a lot of work, though according to Miller, first thing’s first: Google yourself and delete the nasty stuff. I just did and I don’t know if this connection I have to methamphetamines will help or hurt. — Christopher Cousins

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About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.