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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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.

Elections 2012
11:03 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Debate In Nashua

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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Elections 2012
10:49 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Chris Christie Stumps With Lamontagne

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.”

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Elections 2012
3:57 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Manchester Cops Back Hassan; Christie Backs Lamontagne

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.

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All Things Considered
6:21 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Biden Slams Romney Comments in Latest New Hampshire Visit

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.

The Exchange
8:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Lamontagne and Hassan Tangle At First Debate

Democrat for governor Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Ovide Lamontagne debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
David Lane Union Leader
  • Candidates for Governor, Ovide Lamontagne (R) and Maggie Hassan (D) debate in a forum on business and the economy.

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."

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Elections 2012
4:28 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Stumping in N.H., Ryan Hits At Entitlement Culture

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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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Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Hassan Wins Primary; Dems Look To General Election

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.

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Elections 2012
5:21 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hustle For Votes

Gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley
Josh Rogers NHPR

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."

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Elections 2012
6:09 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Obama, Romney Kick Off Post-Convention Campaign In New Hampshire

A view from the crowd at President Obama's campaign event at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, September 7, 2012.
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.

Elections 2012
5:31 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Hassan, Cilley Tout Support From Gay Rights Groups

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.”

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It's All Politics
4:14 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Presidential Campaign Ads Target Seniors In Fla., Younger Voters In N.H.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigns with his mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, on Saturday in The Villages, Fla. The Mitt Romney campaign has created an ad from the event.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:27 pm

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.

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NH News
3:38 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

O'Brien Forms Committee To Probe Liquor Commission

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.

Politics
4:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Candidate For Sheriff Says He'd Use Office To Stop Abortions

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.

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