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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Flanked by Former Governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill, and Craig Benson, Ovide Lamontagne told a boisterous crowd  at Browns’ Lobster Pound in Seabrook, that the GOP needs to recapture  the office its held for only two of the last 16 years.  Lamontagne heaped special praise on Benson, N.H.'s last Republican Governor.

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It's been yet another busy week in New Hampshire politics, with swinging polls, another round of debates, more ads than we can count - and a guy who's not seeking reelection getting political when it just might count.

NHPR's Josh Rogers recaps the latest New Hampshire political news with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Governor Lynch credits state department heads for managing wisely. Legislative leaders, meanwhile credit their spending plan.

The Governor says very aggressive fiscal management allowed for the small surplus. Lynch stressed to reporters that the challenge was made steep by a GOP crafted budget that he says made inappropriate cuts. 

Lynch Endorses Hassan

Oct 9, 2012
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Former state senator Maggie Hassan has worked hard to cast herself as a politician in the mode of Governor John Lynch – moderate, popular, and willing to work across party lines.  Speaking before a crowd of more than 150 people in Concord, the Governor urged a supportive crowd to believe her.

“If we want to continue what we started 8 years ago: bipartisan leadership that is making progress on the issues, that matter most to the people of NH then we need to elect Maggie Hassan as the next governor of the state of N.H.”

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The big political races in New Hampshire this year are close. That’s according to the latest round of polling.

Hence another packed week of New Hampshire politics.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with a roundup.

While topics ranged from health care to commuter rail, Republican Ovide Lamontagne returned again and again to taxes. He said Democrat Maggie Hassan was a political with a track record of raising taxes and extending government’s reach.

“There is no stopping where she’ll go for new money, and I keep reminding the people that every tax, every fee, every time government takes money from you and from us, and from business, they’re taking away some freedom and liberty from us, and we can’t forget that.”

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N.J. Governor Chris Christie helped Lamontagne raise money in Bedford, and joined him for a tour of a Medical device maker in Hudson. The pair then rallied Republicans in Atkinson. Throughout Christie suggested that electing Democrat Maggie Hassan would pave the way for an income tax.

“Anybody, like Maggie, who’s running against Ovide here, who starts whispering about an income tax, you know what that means, because politician who starts whispering about an income tax they’ve already started making up their minds.”

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate  Maggie Hassan has won the backing of Manchester Police patrolman’s association. Union President Steve Maloney says Hassan understands how to improve public safety.

It's been a busy week in New Hampshire politics, with visits from Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the Biden and Ryan visits, and about the first general election debates.

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The battle lines in this debate became clear early, very early. In fact, Maggie Hassan was just 6 seconds into her first answer to a general question on the economy when she sought to blunt the tax and spending critique she must have known was coming.

"It’s really important that we have a strong and competitive economy, and that of course comes with opposing an income or a sales tax."

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's visit to a Dover Community center was his first appearance since video footage surfaced showing Mitt Romney telling a well-heeled audience at private fundraiser that almost half of all Americans see themselves as victims.

Ryan didn’t address Romney’s comments directly during a town hall meeting in Dover, but he did attempt to clarify where he and Romney stand on what they say are the failures of the Obama administration.

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Democrat Maggie Hassan turned what was expected to be a tight race with fellow former state senator Jackie Cilley into and 15 point romp.

The crowd chanted, “Maggie Maggie Maggie.”

And when she took the stage at her victory party last night Hassan wasted no time in making the same argument she’s made all election long: She will act as a check on a republican legislature she considers extreme, and that she sees the man who now occupies the corner office a role model.

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Former Exeter state senator Maggie Hassan was out early this morning, working the breakfast crowd in Manchester’s Chez Vachon restaurant.

"Democrat?"

"Yes, and I’m running for governor. I am running for Governor and worked very closely with Governor Lynch when I was in the state senate."

Courtesy Megan Saffell

The Republicans came to Tampa; then the Democrats came to Charlotte.

Now, with the conventions behind them, both parties have come to New Hampshire.

President Obama held his first post-convention campaign event in Portsmouth, before flying to Iowa. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, started the day in the Buckeye State and holds a rally at Holman Stadium in Nashua Friday evening.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers was on hand for the president's event; he joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about what he saw and heard.

It was tit for tat. The DC-based Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Maggie Hassan, shortly before 1 o’clock. By quarter to 4, the NH Freedom to Marry Coalition PAC had thrown its support to Jackie Cilley. Both groups were key players in the 2009 push to legalize same sex marriage here, an effort that coincided with Hassan and Cilley’s time in the state senate -- Hassan as majority leader.

In its endorsement of Hassan, the Human Rights Campaign called Hassan “ a champion for fairness and a leader in the fight for marriage equality in New Hampshire.”

Ask your average American about Florida, and you'll hear something like this: It's hot, it has Disney World, and lots of old people live there.

And since the weather and Mickey Mouse don't make good attack ads, both presidential campaigns are trying to scare the bejeezus out of Florida's senior population over Medicare.

The bipartisan committee of 11 house members will examining what House Speaker Bill O’Brien called the “numerous allegations” made against the commission.

According to O’Brien, the list includes improperly hiring a lobbyist, oppressing state officials, mis-allocating $100,000 in wine, and engaging in bootlegging activities.

O’Brien says the committee will determine if there is mismanagement, waste or illegal activities taking place at the liquor commission.

In an interview with WMUR-TV, Republican Frank Szabo says if elected Hillsborough County Sheriff he'd arrest anyone who performs an abortion for any other purpose than saving the life of the mother.

The professional firefighters are one of several public sector unions to back Jackie Cilley in the democratic primary. At a firehouse in Manchester, Cilley said the state needs to do better by public employees, and to do that, she says, will require more than simply winning the concern office.

"I would ask you to support those who are running for rational policies and common sense in our statehouse because we have a state to take back and take forward."

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Speaking at an outdoor rally that drew close to 3000 people, Mitt Romney said the first victim of an Obama campaign has been the truth. The former Massachusetts governor added that he has made a promise not to increase taxes, and that he will stick to it.

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Speaking in the sweltering gymnasium of Windham High School, Mr. Obama told a crowd of 2300 that the policies of Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would benefit the rich and hurt the middle class. Mr. Obama argued that under the budget supported by Ryan, Romney would pay less than 1 percent of his income in taxes. The President also said Romney’s plans would raise taxes on middle class families by $2000 a year.   

Rudy Giuliani came to NH campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith. But the former NY mayor also took aim at Vice President Joe Biden. In particular Biden’s recent comment to an audience in Virginia that Romney would “unchain Wall street and put y’all back in chains.”

“He’s making this absurd, almost obscene comment, that these people, half of whom are African-American are going to be back in chains if Romeny and Ryan are elected. Well, this is not right.”

NEA-NH Endorses Hassan

Aug 8, 2012
Josh Rogers, NHPR

NEA-NH president Scott McGilvary says after lengthy meetings with Maggie Hassan, and her democratic rival Jackie Cilley, the choice for NEA-NH's executive board was clear.

"It became very apparent that there was one candidate that can stand up for public education and bring us forward and that Maggie Hassan is our candidate."  

Hassan, for her part  says improving public education at all levels is a top priority. She called it a thrill to win the NEA’s backing.   

That New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. After all, New Hampshire has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator — her first elected office — for less than two years.

But if any senator could be said to possess a refreshing charm, it might be Ayotte, 44, a mother of two young children, who still lives in her hometown of Nashua and is married to a former combat pilot.

Republican Mitt Romney skipped politics during a stop at a Bow lumberyard. The Presidential hopeful's stop at Coastal Forest Products opened with a prayer and the candidate spoke for less than 4 minutes standing in front of an American flag. Romney asked citizens across the country to focus on loving each other, and to think of those affected by what Romney called a few moments of evil.

"There will be justice for those responsible but that will be a matter for another day. Today is a moment to grieve and remember and reach out and help."

New Hampshire’s Commissioner of employment security has resigned amid allegations that she hired her daughter for a part time job and then had her fired so she could collect unemployment benefits.

Commissioner Tara Reardon’s resignation letter to the Governor says she is “stepping down to pursue other opportunities.”  In a separate statement to the press, she claims disgruntled employees “distorted the truth and fabricated a story.” Governor Lynch, for his part says the allegations facing Reardon are serious ones and that he is disappointed.

House Speaker William O’Brien barred reporters from the Concord Monitor from a state house press conference he called to discuss welfare abuse.

As reporters from about a half-dozen news outfits were welcomed to Speaker O’Brien’s office, reporters from the capital city’s only newspaper were blocked at the door by O’Brien spokesperson Shannon Bettencourt.

"Annmarie, Matt; not my rules. You know the issue."

"Why can’t we come in?"

House Speaker Bill O’Brien was joined at a news conference by Jackie Whiton. She was fired from a Peterborough convenience store after blocking a customer's attempt to use welfare benefits to buy cigarettes. O’Brien hailed Whiton and said the state needs to take greater steps to ensure that welfare benefits don’t go towards cigarettes, alcohol or possibly certain foods; O’Brien mentioned lobster.

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney spent his July Fourth holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade, and backtracking statements a top adviser made about the individual mandate in the Obama health care law.

There was something for almost everybody in Wolfeboro's Independence Day parade: a local brass band, bonnet-wearing Daughters of the American Revolution, a Zumba instructor shimmying across the bed of a pickup truck, and even a Jimmy Durante impersonator, complete with prosthetic nose.

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney spent his July Fourth holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade, and backtracking statements a top adviser made about the individual mandate in the Obama health care law.

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