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.



NH News
4:37 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Hassan Names Revenue Panel

Governor Maggie Hassan has named a team of experts to help her estimate revenues during the state’s budget process.

Hassan used her first executive order to create her Consensus Revenue Estimating panel. The panel’s charge is to periodically develop and refresh estimates of the money raised from state taxes and fees. 

Some states use such panels to set revenues used by budget writers; in N.H. that role is performed by lawmakers.

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NH News
6:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

House Takes Up Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground'

If N.H.’s so-called stand your ground law were repealed, people would again have a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves or others.  House Majority leader, Steve Shurtleff of Concord, a former U.S. Marshall, is the repeal's lead sponsor.

"I don’t want to see us have an incident where someone is inadvertently killed because someone thought they were invoking their right under stand your ground."   

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12:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

On The Political Front For January 22

New Hampshire Republicans are set to choose their new leaders; Governor Hassan prepares her budget proposal, amidst debate over increased gambling; David Campbell's projection to raise infrastructure funds through an increase to the gas tax and vehicle registration fees; and the House looks at N.H.'s "Stand Your Ground" law.

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4:29 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Facebook After Death Bill Gets Hearing

The proposal would grant executors power over the social media accounts of the deceased.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Lawmakers Mull Immunity For Overdose Calls

Proponents of the bill says would also granting civil and criminal immunity  to people who call 9-11 in suspected drug or alcohol-related emergencies -- and to the person who is the subject of the call -- will save lives. Jennifer Coffey, is a former GOP lawmakers and longtime EMT.

"I’ve had situations when I get there and people aren’t breathing.  I’ve had situation when I get there and people are long gone because nobody wanted to call for help because they are afraid."

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9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

On The Political Front For January 14

The legislature starts hearing bills this week. On the agenda are Medicaid expansion, straight ticket voting, 911-related immunity; off the table is an education funding amendment

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3:57 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ayotte Says G.O.P. Delegates Will Evaluate Horn Tax Lien

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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says the federal tax lien on the home of Jennifer Horn, the candidate she’s backing to be the next state Republican party chairman, will be a factor as republicans choose their next leader.

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9:19 am
Tue January 8, 2013

On The Political Front For January 7

A look at the inaugural address of Governor Maggie Hassan. The N.H. House opens with a fight over guns, and lawmakers begin thinking about the next state budget.

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On The Political Front

Each week, get a run-down of what is happening on the New Hampshire political front when Morning Edition host Rick Ganley interviews Senior Political Reporter, Josh Rogers.

NH News
6:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hassan Calls For Cooperation

Democrat Maggie Hassan said it early, and she said it often: NH’s leaders need to reach across the aisle.

“The people if NH have made it clear that they want to restore balance, that they want us to work together.”

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NH News
4:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Another School Funding Amendment

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Lawmakers will again seek a constitutional change to give them a freer hand to target state school aid.

There have been more than 80 attempts to pass a constitutional amendment to blunt the Claremont school funding rulings that say the state must pay for an adequate education for every child in every school. 

Every effort has failed.

Gary Richardson, a democrat from Hopkinton thinks this time may be different because this is a different sort of constiutonal amendment.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

MMIS Contract Wins New Extention

A state computer contract that’s now 5-years behind schedule has received another extension from the executive council.

At an original price of $61 million NH’s agreement with Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS was the largest computer contract in state history.

Under the deal ACS was to create a system to track Medicaid payment and information.

After numerous problems and several contract amendments, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he believes ACS, now a subsidiary of Xerox, will have the system up and running on April 1st.

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2:06 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Hassan Adds Staff

Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan names veteran statehouse staffers and an Obama campaign worker to advise on legislative matters, policy, and appointments:

Will Craig, who served as a Hassan aide during her time in the State Senate and as a spokesman during her campaign, will be her Policy Director.

Amy Kennedy, Deputy State Political director for President Obama's reelection campaign, will be Hassan's Policy Adviser. Kennedy, has also been a staffer in the Florida statehouse and worked for Planned Parenthood. 

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NH News
10:09 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Slippery Roads and Some Delays

NH roads are slippery this morning after the winter's first widespread snowfall .

Highway speed limits have been dropped to 45 miles an hour.

Laura McCarthy of the state Department of Transportation says travelers to should take it easy.

All the crews have been out all night so the reads are being treated, but it still remains that we’ve got winter weather,  so drive accordingly.

McCarthy says there have been no major accidents, but says there are been plenty of spin outs, and drivers off the road.

5:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse

Terie Norelli appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010. Norelli was elected Speaker of the House for the next legislative session.
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It's called Organization Day at the Statehouse - it's the day lawmakers are sworn in, leaders are elected, and, as they say, the future is yet unwritten.

NHPR's political reporter Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on the House and Senate leaders and whether their calls for a new tone in the legislature were comments on the previous legislative session.

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