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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Jennifer Horn has run for congress twice: in 2008, she lost to democrat Paul Hodes; in 2010, Horn lost to fellow republican, Charlie Bass, in the primary.

More recently, Horn was active in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The mother of 5 has also hosted a radio show and written a column for the Nashua Telegraph.

Horn says the party’s first order of business needs to be a point-by-point review what she called "the many causes" of the GOP’s poor showing in 2012. Horn says the party must modernize and stress its core principles.

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan is telling executive branch agencies to rein in spending requests for New Hampshire’s next two-year budget. The new spending proposed by agency heads is 19 percent more than is funded in the current budget.

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New Hampshire house democrats voted Saturday to choose  former House speaker and current House minority leader Terie Norelli of Portsmouth as their nominee to lead the house for the next two years.

New Hampshire's only death row inmate, Michael Addison, got a very long day in court Wednesday.

New Hampshire's highest court held what may be an unprecedented hearing - more than five hours - to review Addison's trial and his death sentence for the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was at the hearing and he tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the day's events.

The 2012 elections will be remembered for the pivotal role female voters played in re-electing President Obama. But in New Hampshire, it will be remembered as the year women swept all major races.

Democratic Congresswomen-elect Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter will join Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte in the nation's first all-female congressional delegation.

But another Granite State woman who won big Tuesday, Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, is quick to stress that putting women in top offices is nothing new here.

Paul Filippov

Maggie Hassan’s 13 point win ended this race far earlier than many expected, and made her the second woman elected to N.H.’s corner office.

Brady Carlson / NHPR

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton rallied a crowd of 14,000 people in Concord New Hampshire Sunday. It was Mr. Obama’s final bit of local campaigning, and it came in the wake of new UNH poll that shows him in a tie with Republican Mitt Romney.

New Hampshire has just 4 electoral votes but you wouldn’t know it the way the both presidential campaigns are stumping here. This rally brought our democrats in force. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor John Lynch urged the President’s re-election. The Former President Bill Clinton made his case. 

Governor John Lynch is visiting storm damaged areas in Hampton, Dover and Bedford this afternoon. At a morning news briefing Lynch said the effects of Hurricane Sandy won’t linger as long as past storms, but will still cause hardship.

Obama Rallies In Nashua

Oct 27, 2012
Josh Rogers, NHPR

The President rallied more than 8000 supporters at a Nashua middle school within a few miles of the  Massachusetts border. Mr. Obama made of point of attacking Mitt Romney’s record there.

"He pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest families in the state and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. Does that sound familiar to you?

There are 11 gubernatorial races this fall, and one of the most competitive is in the swing state of New Hampshire.

There, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan are vying to replace a popular Democrat who opted not to seek a fifth term. Both political parties and outside advocacy groups are pushing hard in a race where neither candidate enjoys a clear edge.

The decisive role female voters may play in the key battleground state of New Hampshire hasn't been lost on President Obama and his political allies.

If Democrats sweep the swing state's major races on Election Day, New Hampshire would become the first state to have women hold its entire congressional delegation and the governor's office. Obama would also pick up four potentially crucial electoral votes.

"We have held hundreds of events targeting women voters," said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.

Chris Christie joined Ovide Lamontagne and former N.H. governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson for a rally last night in Maggie Hassan’s home town of Exeter. All urged the audience to work hard in the final 13 days of the election. Chris Christie argued that democrats' only weapon against Lamontange is fear.

'So what they are going to try to do is scare you about Ovide. They are going to try to tell you you can’t trust him to be governor. You’ve seen all the dopey ads she’s running that doin have anything to do with NH's future."

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President Obama tells crowd of 6000 in Manchester that Mitt Romney has failed to explain how he’d pay for his tax cut plan.

NH is the third swing state the president visited since Tuesday’s debate. And as soon as he hit the stage, the president told the crowd that Mitt Romney had whiffed when he was asked to explain the math of his proposed tax cuts.

"Listen NH, you’ve heard of the New Deal, the square deal, the fair deal. Mitt Romney’s trying to sell you a sketchy deal. You don’t need a sketchy deal.”

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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.

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

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
Josh Rogers, NHPR

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.”

Chris Jensen / NHPR

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.”

Cheryl Senter / NHPR

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.”

Marc Nozell / NHPR

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.

David Lane / Union Leader

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.

Marc Nozell / NHPR

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.

Josh Rogers / NHPR

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


"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."

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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.