Casey McDermott

Digital Reporter

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Casey McDermott is an online 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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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!

And if you want to make sure not to miss out on our updates, political and otherwise, sign up for our newsletters to get this delivered straight to your inbox every Friday. It only take a few seconds, and you you can do it right here.

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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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Hours after a 2005 recording of Donald Trump was made public last week, in which the Republican presidential nominee boasted in explicit terms about groping women, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu issued a one-sentence statement:  “Mr. Trump’s comments are repugnant, unacceptable and offensive.”

But when it comes to supporting Trump as president, Sununu’s campaign says nothing has changed. He still plans to back Trump as the Republican party’s nominee.

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This story has been updated with a response from the Trump campaign.

At his rally in Bedford last week, Donald Trump’s prescription for New Hampshire’s drug crisis — a wall at the southern border as a way to stop the flow of drugs into the country — earned plenty of cheers.

That proposal, and his assessment of the state’s drug issues more generally, went over less well with New Hampshire’s leading drug prevention advocacy organization, New Futures.

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Just how bad, in Chris Sununu’s view, is the red tape facing New Hampshire businesses these days?

“We’ve become more like a regulatory police state, in many aspects,” Sununu said on a visit to Maverick Integration, an automation technology company in Nashua.

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New Hampshire’s Executive Council has always been quietly powerful: The five-member board has the final say on most major state contracts and nominations to state agencies, among other critical responsibilities that keep the state running.

But it was never a required stop for someone looking to rise the political ranks in New Hampshire.

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Three months ago, the Legislature signed off on a bill to expand an anti-drug law enforcement program known as Granite Hammer.

On Wednesday, state officials announced plans to distribute more than a million dollars in grant money to municipalities across New Hampshire. 

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Leading up to our conversation with Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, we asked what you’d want to ask her, if given the chance.

Here’s a roundup of her responses on some of the topics you told us wanted to hear Hassan weigh in on.

Last year, we started asking the presidential candidates who stopped by NHPR's offices to deliver their best "elevator pitches" on the way into our studios. Now that we're heading into the final stretch of the election season, we're reviving this feature — this time, with the candidates for statewide office.

Happy fall! Here's some stories you can relay as you're apple picking or sitting around a bonfire this weekend. (Or, you know, watching Netflix at home with a pumpkin spice latte, if that's more your thing.) And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get these and other headlines delivered right to your inbox each week. You can do that right here.

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If you had a chance to sit down with Gov. Maggie Hassan, what would you want to talk about? We can't promise you a one-on-one conversation — but we could help you get an answer, in any case.

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Last week, we asked you what you’d ask the candidates running for governor, if given the chance. Since then, you sent us two dozen questions that were on your mind — addressing everything from drug prevention to dealing with infrastructure upgrades to what it's like to run for governor while being a dad.

For the last four years, Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern have sat – literally – across the table from one another at executive council meetings.

So they’ve had plenty of time to get to know each other’s political style, personal habits and voting record. And now that they’re both vying for the same position as New Hampshire’s next governor, Van Ostern, in particular, seems more than ready to use his opponent’s voting record as a line of attack.

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The chief medical officer at New Hampshire Hospital is planning to step down at the beginning of 2017, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers announced Monday afternoon.

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 Facing backlash from alumni and even the governor, the University of New Hampshire is defending its decision to spend $1 million from a $4 million gift from a former librarian on a new video scoreboard for its football stadium.

Congratulations! You made it to the weekend. Before you sign off for the week, catch up on the headlines you might've missed along the way. And make sure to sign up for our newsletters to get this rundown delivered right to your inbox each week.

Two days after the state primary, with an eye toward the general election, State Sen. Jeff Woodburn had one message for the crowd of Democrats who packed into the Puritan Backroom for the party’s unity breakfast on Thursday morning.

"We’re not running against the Republicans," Woodburn told his fellow Democrats. "We’re running against complacency."

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Not since his father, former Gov. John H. Sununu, eked out his own closely fought race in 1982 has New Hampshire seen a Republican gubernatorial primary as tight as the one Chris Sununu won this week.

But in the end, there didn’t appear to be any hard feelings between Chris Sununu and opponent Frank Edelblut, who came in second place by less than one percent.

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You didn’t have to look much farther than the title of the campaign’s primary night party – billed as a “general election kickoff” – to know that Colin Van Ostern’s campaign was feeling pretty good about its chances heading into Tuesday.

And by the time the results started coming in, that description ended up being on point after all.

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Politicians have ways of gauging where they stand. Some count yard signs, some dwell on polls or voting data. Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas, who’s never lost an election, has another touchstone.

Last week, we took a closer look at some of the economic proposals from the Republicans running for governor. This week, we’re catching up on where the Democratic candidates stand on these issues.

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As part of our primary coverage, we’re looking at some of the experiences that have shaped the candidates who are running for governor. NHPR’s Casey McDermott joins us to talk about Republican Frank Edelblut and the record he established during his first term in the House of Representatives.

Happy (almost) long weekend! Before you leave the office, catch up on some of the stories you might've missed from the last week — you might pick up a few conversation starters for any Labor Day picnics you have on the agenda. To get this rundown delivered right to your inbox, make sure to sign up for NHPR's newsletters right here.

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