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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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.

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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