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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All Things Considered
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

A Supreme Court Hearing For State's Only Death Row Inmate

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.

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Election 2012
5:25 am
Sat November 10, 2012

What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

Maggie Hassan was elected governor of New Hampshire on Tuesday, as the state also voted in the first all-female congressional delegation.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 1:43 pm

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.

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Elections 2012
2:56 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Tops Lamontagne With Ease

Credit 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.

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Elections 2012
2:03 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Obama, Clinton Rally Democrats in Concord

President Bill Clinton, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor John Lynch and President Barack Obama wave to the crowd in downtown Concord
Credit 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. 

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NH News
12:46 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Lynch Says Sandy Did Little Long-Term Damage

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.

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Elections 2012
5:41 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Obama Rallies In Nashua

Credit 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?

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It's All Politics
4:27 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Tiny N.H. Draws Big Money And Names To Gubernatorial Race

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne talk during a break in their gubernatorial debate in Henniker, N.H., on Oct. 4.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 7:45 pm

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.

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It's All Politics
12:28 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

President Obama pauses for a photo with supporters after arriving for a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.
Winslow Townson AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:04 pm

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.

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Elections 2012
7:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Christie Joins Lamontagne In Exeter; Women Rally With Hassan In Concord

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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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Obama Says Romney Plan Is "Sketchy"

Josh Rogers, NHPR

        

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.”

Elections 2012
5:49 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Lamontagne Stumps With Rubio And Former Governors

Cheryl Senter NHPR

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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Elections 2012
6:10 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Lynch Lends Some New Hampshire Political Capital to Obama Campaign

Governor John Lynch, in a photo from 2010.
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.

NH News
4:04 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

State Ends Fiscal 2012 With $13.8m Surplus

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. 

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Elections 2012
4:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Lynch Endorses Hassan

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.”

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All Things Considered
5:45 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

When New Hampshire Polls Are Close, New Hampshire Politics Get Busy

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.

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