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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NH News
7:09 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Shaheen Goes After Brown On 'Women's Issues'

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Jeanne Shaheen kicked off her week of women’s themed events by collecting the endorsement of NARAL-Pro-Choice America PAC, and by telling reporters to take Scott Brown’s claims of having a pro-choice record with a grain of salt.

“He can try and say all he wants to that he has been pro-choice. The fact is that’s not the way he vote when he was in Massachusetts – check his record – and that’s not the way he has voted in Washington.”

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Politics
3:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Havenstein Stumps With Jindal At Charter School

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) on the stump with Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein campaigned at a Manchester charter school with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports the GOP gubernatorial hopeful met with students and pressed the message that NH needs more choice in public education.

Walt Havenstein and Bobby Jindal toured classrooms at Polaris charter school on Manchester’s West Side. Along the way,  Havenstein took some blunt questions from the students.

"Why do you want to run for governor?"

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Politics
4:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Havenstein Dubs His Anti-Tax Oath 'Pledge 2.0'

Walt Havenstein in NHPR's studios.
Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Havenstein unveiled an expanded anti-tax pledge Monday.

What Havenstein has dubbed 'Pledge 2.0' not only calls for opposition to a sales or income tax but also for politicians to “oppose any policy that commits New Hampshire taxpayers to unfunded obligations.”

Walt Havenstein says the traditional pledge to oppose new broad-based taxes  is no longer enough. And can’t simply be a “political commitment.”

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NH News
4:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Senate Fails To Override Hassan Veto Of Juvenile Justice Bill

Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

The NH Senate has upheld Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of Senate Bill 391, which sought to change the state’s juvenile justice system.

The 12-9 vote fell along party lines and was two votes shy of the 2/3rd margin needed to override.

GOP senators disputed Hassan’s claim this bill would make the juvenile justice system too focused on incarceration.

Sharon Carson of Londonderry, the bill's lead sponsor, reminded colleagues that they had endorsed the bill without controversy earlier this year.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Republicans Push Party Unity

Left to right: Frank Guinta, Walk Havenstein, Scott Brown, and Marilinda Garcia
Credit Josh Rogers/NHPR

The unity message could be heard from the podium and heard from the banquet room floor -- and not simply from the usual suspects.

“The Democrats will say this is all for show, Republicans will keep fighting, and will beat them by letting them split hairs and they will stay home.”

That’s Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who keynoted the breakfast.

“So I want to show N.H. today, what I want to show the country, is that we are unified.”

Here’s former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien:

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Politics
1:25 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Scott Brown Cruises In GOP Primary

Brown speaks after securing the win on primary night.
Credit Taylor Quimby/NHPR

Scott Brown was the front runner the moment he entered this race -- his third Senate run in five years -- and he topped a field that included former U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former State Senator Jim Rubens by about 20 points.

In his victory speech, Brown targeted President Obama as much as incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen -- their race is one of a handful that will decide which party controls the Senate.

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Newscast
3:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Hassan Signs Victims' Protection Bills

Victim advocates were out in force as Governor Maggie Hassan ceremonially signed six bills that aim to better protect women and victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The new laws establish domestic violence as a standalone crime, stiffen penalties for human trafficking, and make it easier for victims of rape who become pregnant to terminate the parental rights of the rapist.

They also create a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in public schools and add pets to the domestic violence protection statute.

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Politics
6:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fiorina PAC Looks To Mobilize Women For GOP

Carly Fiorina speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Credit Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told more than 200 Republican activists that the GOP needs to do better when it comes to winning the support of women.

She said all Republicans -- but females in particular -- need to fight what she called the "baseless propaganda" that GOP is waging a war on women.

Fiorina says the best way to do that is through grassroots organizing and one to one outreach.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The realscottbrownrecord.com highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.

Brown has made Jeanne Shaheen’s fealty to the president a key part of his campaign, but PAC adviser Mike Dennehy says Brown needs to be held to account for the fact that Congressional Quarterly found he voted with the President 78 percent of the time in 2012.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Shaheen Campaigns Against Hobby Lobby Ruling In Concord

Campaigning in Concord today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took aim at the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for some for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees on religious grounds.

At a roundtable lunch with a half-dozen women, Shaheen warned that the ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby restarts a bitter fight  -- across the country and in the U.S. Senate  -- over women’s health care.

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NH News
4:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H. Won't Renew Approval of Italian University

Credit via St. John International University's website

The financially-troubled St. John International University will grant no more degrees. 

The state’s higher education commission has unanimously declined to renew its approval of the N.H. chartered, Torino-based school.

State education officials had been monitoring St. John international for several years.

The for profit college was chartred by the act of the legislature in 2009,  and three state senators – Democrats Sylvia Larsen and Lou D’Allesandro and Republican Nancy Stiles -- have sat on its board.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ballot Law Commission Rules Havenstein Eligible

  The 3-2 vote by clears the way for Republican Walt Havenstein to run for governor. Havenstein sought the hearing after Democrats argued the former defense contractor hadn’t met the 7-year residency requirement set by the state constitution.

At issue was whether Havenstein surrendered New Hampshire as his domicile by living part time in Maryland from 2007-2012.

By a 3-2 vote, in which democratic member Martha Van Oot and joined Republicans Michael Eaton and Brad Cook, the commission said no.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Shaheen To Update Disclosure Form

The Senator’s new disclosure will reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Ultrawave Labs Inc. is a California company working on technology to help better detect breast cancer.

In 2009, the Senator’s husband, William Shaheen, was named adviser to the company. He received stock options Shaheen included on US Senate disclosure forms, most recently filed in May.

According to that form, the Ultrawave stock options were to expire in 2019.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Brown Targets Shaheen; Smith And Rubens Target Brown

  Scott Brown drew the middle seat in this first debate featuring the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, but did his best to look past his party rivals towards the general election.

Brown called a united GOP Jeanne Shaheen’s  “worst nightmare,” and  challenged the incumbent to match him by allowing the media to inspect 8 years of tax returns.

"Senator Shaheen said if I release my returns, my wife and my returns, that she would do the same. So I hope she lives up to her word and releases her returns, so that she can be just as transparent as I am." 

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hassan Files For Reelection

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

Governor Hassan pointed to the state budget, the expansion of the N.H’s Medicaid program, and the passage of the first gas tax increase in more than twenty years as examples of what she called bipartisan progress.

“We’ve expanded healthcare for 50,000 hard-working granite staters and we are funding improvements to our roads and bridges and the completion of I-93. And we created balanced and fiscally responsible budget, without a sales or income tax, which I continue to oppose and would veto."

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