Casey McDermott

Digital Reporter

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Casey McDermott is a reporter covering politics, policy and New Hampshire news. She also works on digital reporting projects for NHPR's newsroom.

Prior to joining NHPR, Casey worked at The Concord Monitor and held internships at ProPublica, the Student Press Law Center and the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

She studied journalism and sociology at Penn State but spent most of her days (and nights) in the newsroom of the independent student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. The Collegian was recognized nationally for its work during Casey's time as its managing editor and editor-in-chief.

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More than half of New Hampshire’s housing stock was built before lead was banned from use in residential buildings, according to figures from the U.S. Census

And according to Elliott Berry, an attorney who works on housing issues with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, that puts lots of people at risk — especially young kids in low-income neighborhoods, where a lot of that housing is concentrated. 

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By the time January rolls around, Chris Sununu will be in the rare position of taking office at a time when Republicans control every chamber in the Statehouse – the House, the Senate, the executive council and, of course, his seat. It’s the first time that’s happened in more than a decade.

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When New Hampshire voters walk into the polls Tuesday, they’ll be greeted by a process that has remained largely unchanged for decades: paper ballots, filled out by hand, with voter rolls monitored by pencil-wielding clerks. And the way the state’s top election official sees it, there’s little reason to mess with a good thing.

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Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan crisscrossed the state over the weekend, glad-handing voters and rallying the support they hope will get them over the line in an election that may decide the balance of the U.S. Senate.

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En route to a recent candidate forum with NHPR's The Exchange, Congresswoman Annie Kuster took a few moments on the elevator ride up to make the case for why voters should consider sending her back to represent New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Congresswoman Annie Kuster, we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear as part of that conversation.

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After suggesting that Democrats were abusing the state’s same-day voter registration rules by “busing” in out-of-state voters, Chris Sununu clarified that he does not believe voters are being literally bused across the New Hampshire border en masse to participate in the elections — but he does favor stronger residency requirements to prevent potential abuses at the polls.

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  Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern met for their final debate as gubernatorial opponents last night.

And in a night full of them, perhaps the most contentious moment of the final gubernatorial debate between   Sununu and   Van Ostern emerged early on — over a question that boiled down to a matter of trust.

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Before we sat down with Sen. Kelly Ayotte as part of our “Conversations with the Candidates” earlier this week, we asked you what questions you had for the Republican incumbent.

You pitched lots of great suggestions, and while we weren’t able to include all of them in the forum, we did ask Ayotte to weigh in on a few issues (which also happen to be at the forefront of recent headlines) that you told us you wanted to hear the senator address.

We're sitting down with Congresswoman Annie Kuster on Wednesday, and we want to know what issues you want to be part of the conversation. Let us know, and you could end up getting an answer.

  We caught up with Sen. Kelly Ayotte on her way into NHPR's studios to ask her to give her best elevator pitch for why voters should consider sending her back to the Senate.

  Last week, you heard Rep. Frank Guinta offer his best elevator pitch on why voters should send him back to Congress. This week, we caught up with his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, to get her pitch for why voters should send her back to Congress – again.

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With just a little over a week until the election, what questions do you still have for Sen. Kelly Ayotte? Let us know, and you could get an answer during our candidate forum with her on Monday.

Sick of the campaign coverage? We have three words for you: Ten. More. Days. (Not that anyone's counting.) In the meantime, we've rounded up some headlines and other stuff you might've missed this week, some (though not all) entirely free from politics, to get you through the next few days. Enjoy!

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As his son Chris is running for governor, John H. Sununu, isn’t just playing the role of supportive father. He’s also one of his son’s most powerful campaign cheerleaders.

At a recent rally for vice presidential candidate Mike Pence in Exeter, Sununu encouraged the crowd to make sure they vote a Republican ticket — including the one running for governor who has, in his words, “a name I like to talk about.”

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Ahead of our recent forum with Carol Shea-Porter, who’s running to retake her former seat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, we asked what you’d most like to hear her talk about.

You might've caught our hour-long interview with Congressman Frank Guinta, the Republican incumbent running to hold onto his seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Before Guinta joined The Exchange in NHPR's studios, we caught up with him on the way up to our sixth-floor newsroom to get his pitch for why — in his view — voters should get behind his campaign.

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Let us know what questions you have for Democratic Congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter, who's vying to win back the seat she held two years ago in New Hampshire's 1st District. You could get an answer later this week.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Congressman Frank Guinta, we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear him discuss.

While we weren’t able to get to all of your suggestions during the forum, we did ask Guinta about his views on campaign finance regulations.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Republican Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence, we asked you to send in your suggestions for what issues you wanted to hear him discuss.

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What do you wish New Hampshire’s next senator knew about your economic situation, and what would you ask them to do to help? Here's your chance to do just that.

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If you’ve tuned into local news stations lately, you might’ve spotted Chris Sununu’s first TV ad of the general election.

A few seconds in, Sununu, the Republican nominee for governor, talks up his business experience at the helm of Waterville Valley Ski Resort, where he’s served as CEO since his family bought the resort in 2010.

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When it comes to fighting the drug crisis, Chris Sununu has said, broadly, that he wants to promote “aggressive” drug prevention education programs and to expand treatment availability for people struggling with addiction.

But this week Sununu called for more aggressive penalties and enforcement when it comes to drug trafficking.

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The way Secretary of State Bill Gardner sees it, Granite State elections have gone on under dire circumstances before. This year, he thinks New Hampshire will be able to handle whatever’s in store this year on Election Day.

Republican Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence stopped by NHPR Monday for an hourlong conversation with The Exchange, as part of our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates.

But before he sat down for that interview, we asked Lawrence to give his best elevator pitch — literally, in our building's elevators — to voters on why they should send him to Congress.

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We're sitting down for a one-hour conversation with Rep. Frank Guinta on Thursday, and we want to hear what you want to hear from the Congressman.

For the latest in our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates, we're looking for your suggestions of questions we should pose to the Republican incumbent running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Happy Friday! Perhaps, like many people, you could use a break from campaign news right now. (Political nerds, no worries: We still have you covered. Just keep scrolling down.) But for those of you who’d prefer some stress-free, spin-free, smile-inducing reads, we thought we'd try to start things off on a lighter note. Enjoy!

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For the latest in our series of “Conversations with the Candidates” leading up to Election Day, NHPR is sitting down with Republican Jim Lawrence to talk about his bid for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District Seat — and we’re looking for your questions.

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 Fentanyl continues to be the main culprit behind deadly overdoses in New Hampshire: It’s been linked to 70 percent of drug deaths so far this year, according to the latest data from the state medical examiner.

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