Josh Rogers

Senior Political Reporter and Editor

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000 and serves as NHPR’s State House reporter. Before joining the staff, he lived in New York, where he worked for a number of different magazines.

Josh’s award winning reporting can be heard locally but also regularly airs on national broadcasts of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Josh is also a frequent analyst on political talk shows in the state. He grew up in Concord, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Reed College.

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Without a quick $1.5 million, NH parks would have lacked the money to remain open during foliage season.

Transportation officials, meanwhile, sought $3 million dollars to pay for road construction projects slated for this fall.

Both requests would mean spending beyond the cash appropriated for the six month temporary budget, which prorates spending at last year's level.

Neal Kurk, chairman of the Legislative Fiscal Committee, says spending now on state parks makes sense.

But the case for moving fast on road projects, says Kurk, is less urgent.

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Robie's Country Store in Hooksett has become an almost ritual stop on the New Hampshire presidential primary campaign trail — one of those places where anyone who is running is pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance. The business isn't what it once was, but presidential hopefuls keep showing up.

The store has stood on the bank of the Merrimack River, between Concord and Manchester, since 1887. When the candidates get there, most know what's expected.

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On the Political Front in our Monday morning check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Here we are in mid-August. The days are getting a bit shorter. Is what one GOP presidential candidate, guess who, has dubbed the  Summer of Trump almost over?

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Several presidential candidates have put New Hampshire at the very center of their campaign strategies this year. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has called New Hampshire "must-win," while Ohio Governor John Kasich hopes success in the Granite State will help make up for a late entry into the very large GOP field. In campaign tours through the state this week, however, the two candidates' prospects seemed headed in very different directions.

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Republican John Kasich appears to be picking up steam in NH. The Ohio governor is climbing in the presidential polls,  and drawing growing crowds. At the Derry VFW hall  Wednesday, Kasich told his audience leadership is hard, and requires help from voters.

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New Hampshire was the first state to expressly prohibit ballot selfies.

The logic was that allowing people to prove how they voted could lead to vote buying or coercion.

The federal court found those interests insufficient to ban what amounted to political speech. 

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Hillary Clinton told a crowd at Exeter high school she wants students to be able to attend public colleges and universities without taking out loans. 

She said she’d create incentives for states to spend more on education and for colleges to control their spending. And she wants to allow people carrying student debt to refinance.

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Campaigning in Seabrook, Republican Jeb Bush says he did fine in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate. But Bush also appeared to have his reservations about the FOX News debate.

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If you attend any Republican presidential campaign event these days, you are all but guaranteed to hear a voter ask this:

“What would you do about illegal immigration?”  

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Fourteen Republicans running for president used a candidate forum at St. Anselm College Monday night to woo early state voters.

Immigration, a key issue in the GOP primary, was front and center.

What to do about illegal immigrants was the first question of the night, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry seemed to speak for most candidates when he said he understands what the public expects.

"The American people don’t trust Washington, D.C. to deal with immigration reform until we secure the border," Perry said.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned in the North Country yesterday. Bush is the first major GOP candidate to log any time north of the notches. While there, the former Florida Governor spent the day casting himself as a politician willing to seek solutions to tough issues.

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Jack Wozmak, Gov. Maggie Hassan's pick to spearhead the state's fight against opioid abuse, has been on the job since early February, but this week has amounted to his coming out.  It hasn’t been all – or even mostly -- smooth. 

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Hillary Clinton traveled to Dover Thursday to talk up her approach to improving the economy. It was her first open-to-the-public town hall meeting, and it came as the Democratic front runner faces unexpected pressure from the more liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  

On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at what's going on behind the scenes of New Hampshire's state budget battle.  

It’s now been a couple of weeks since Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the state budget. Very quiet weeks if the measure is true progress towards a budget deal, but very loud ones in terms of the partisan rhetoric about the budget. 

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As the many GOP presidential candidates crisscross the state courting voters, you hear a lot about the economy, ISIS, immigration, the threats of Iran, Russian and China. You’ll hear far less, however, about the hot-button issue of gay marriage, addressed just two weeks ago in a landmark court decision. And that’s probably good politics in New Hampshire.

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Medicine came up often when GOP presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson campaigned at the Corner View Restaurant in Concord Wednesday.

“I’ve never lost my awe of the brain,“ Carson confided to a pre-med student who approached him inside the diner with a portrait to sign.

But Carson wasn’t alone in talking about -- and expressing wonder at -- the human body.

Candy Carson, the candidate’s wife, swapped birth stories with a group of women in the restaurant.

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Speaking to a business crowd at a Politics and Eggs luncheon St. Anselm College, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the GOP needs clear policies, and that the party should abandon any effort to become what he called “a cheaper version of the Democratic party.” 

Jindal also said the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare subsidies for people enrolled in non-state based exchanges needs to be met head on.

“Yes, the Supreme Court rules that one part of Obamacare was not unconstitutional. That’s not success.”

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Governor Maggie Hassan’s promise to veto the state budget unless Republican leaders remove or offset proposed business tax cuts is drawing support from Democrats and galvanizing GOP opposition.  It also suggests the budget impasse may not be resolved for months.

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Republican Jeb Bush spent his first full day as an official presidential candidate in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The former Florida governor used a Derry town hall meeting to stress his executive experience.

Bush told a crowd of several hundred voters at the Derry Opera House that if he were president he’d  fix a “few big things:" the tax code,  the entitlement system, and the economy.  Bush also took a swipe at rivals who he says may talk better than he does, but haven't gotten things done.

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Hillary Clinton’s been officially running for president for two months, and the rain was falling in a steady drizzle, but for core supporters of Clinton – and that’s who made up much of the crowd of more than 300 – yesterday remained a day to celebrate.

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State budgets contain multitudes: billions of dollar signs, thousands of policy decisions, and almost as many political calculations. For any governor, the budget is likely to be the single biggest political test in his or her two-year term. For Gov. Maggie Hassan, this year’s budget poses a particular challenge: how to get a product she likes, or can at least claim to like, from an all-Republican legislature while heading into a big election year. 


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On the Political Front is a weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the challenge facing lawmakers on coming to agreement on a new, two year state budget.

It’s getting to be that time of year in Concord – where House and Senate committees meet to negotiate agreements, or fail to negotiate agreements, on key issues. The state budget is, of the course the biggie.

Planet Fitness is famous for taking a non-judgmental, no-grunting approach to working out. But as it readies to go public, it’s been straining  -- loudly -- to get lawmakers to tweak the state business profits tax or BPT.

Specifically, to exempt companies that trade or sell stock or any beneficial interest from paying that tax’s 8.5 percent levy on any increase in value. 

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Campaigning in Manchester, Republican Lindsey Graham said if he were president, he’d deploy 20,000 troops to the Middle East. Graham said national security dictates that the fight ISIS in Iraq and join those trying to topple Syrian Leader Bashar al-Assad.

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Federal Election Commission reports released today shed more light on the finances of district congressman Frank Guinta. 

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Campaigning in Hampton, Hillary Clinton criticized republicans for not supporting the Export-Import Bank, which Clinton says has helped produce hundreds of millions of dollars of exports from N.H. businesses.

Clinton met with local businesspeople at the Smuttynose Brewery.

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All week long, we've has been looking at how disparities in early childhood can shape a child’s chances for later in life.

Issues surrounding what some call the opportunity gap and others call inequality of opportunity, are common concerns of politicians in both parties these days, starting at the very top.

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Republican Jeb Bush is back in New Hampshire.

The likely presidential candidate told an audience in Bedford that the GOP field has a lot of talkers but he’s delivered results.

At the Bedford home of BAE Systems executive and former Republican Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh, Bush stressed his efforts to bring greater choice and accountability to Florida’s education system as that state’s governor, telling voters it was emblematic of his approach to leadership.

Republican Chris Christie says the U.S. needs to boost military spending and not back off on intelligence and surveillance programs. 

Speaking in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park, Chris Christie said the army needs more soldiers, the navy more ships, the air force more planes --and the government more intelligence.

Christie called for an extension to the Patriot act, and said concerns over data collection and privacy are overblown.

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