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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NPR Story
4:46 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Romney: Obama's Health Mandate Is A Tax

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks with his wife, Ann, and other family members, along with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, in the Wolfeboro, N.H., Independence Day parade Wednesday. Ayotte has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential contender.
Kayana Szymczak Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 10:25 pm

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.

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Politics
12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Nationally edited news feature: Romney: Obama's Health Care Mandate Is A Tax

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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NH News
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

AG Questions Hospital CEO Pay

A new report finds that CEOs at New Hampshire's nonprofit hospitals saw their pay increase by an average of 18 percent from 2006 to 2009. 

The report CEO pay varies widely. An the low end, Colebrook’s  Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital pays its CEO 150,000. At the high end, the leader of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester pulled down about a million dollars in 2009.  The salary report was commissioned by Attorney General Michael Delaney. He says while the report found hospital CEO pay here is on par for the region,

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NH News
4:39 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Lynch Vetoes Voter-ID Bill

The bill would allow a range of identifications --including student IDs -- in this years elections. But after that only government issued identification would be permitted.

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NH News
11:16 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Summer Starts With A Heat Wave

The first days of summer will be hot throughout the northeast, with temperatures into the 90s.

The equatorial heat is expected to continue until Friday. 

Mike Kistner of the national weather service says the highest temperatures of the year are expected from the middle atlantic states all the way to Maine.

"You get a nice ridge of high pressure in place where we get that nice southerly component, bringing us up that warm tropical air. It’s really not that out of the ordinary for this time of year."

All Things Considered
6:11 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

In Stratham, Romney Makes Pitch to Small Town Voters

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at Scamman Farm in Stratham, June 15th, 2012.
Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire today, kicking off a five day bus tour that will take him through six battleground states. Romney spoke in Stratham, the same town where he kicked off his second presidential bid nearly a year ago.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was with the Romney campaign. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the event.

Politics
3:12 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Romney Launches Tour Across Battleground States

Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney began a bus tour of six battleground states today in New Hampshire. The tour marks a new phase for Romney’s campaign.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Candidates Declare They'll Govern Differently Than Lynch

3 of the 4 leading hopefuls for Governor have filed their candidacies.  All say they plan to be more assertive than Governor John Lynch.

By any measure, Governor Lynch has been one of the most popular governors in N.H. history. But most of his potential successors say it’s crucial to take a different approach governing. Republican Ovide Lamontagne was perhaps the most complementary for Lynch, noting that Lynch made efforts to be bipartisan. But Lamontage also indicated voters can expect a firmer approach if they elect him.

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NH News
1:52 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lynch Signs Prescription Drug Law

Governor John Lynch signs a bill to enact a prescription drug monitoring system in New Hampshire.
Josh Rogers, NHPR

New Hampshire will join 48 other states in monitoring prescription drugs under a new law signed by Governor John Lynch.

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NH News
7:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ed Funding Amendment Faces Big Test In House

N.H. Statehouse
Sara Plourde NHPR

Enacting any constitutional amendment is tough. It requires a three-fifths vote by both House and Senate, and two-thirds support from voters at the polls.  Add to this the fact this amendment deals with school funding and that lawmakers have killed 80-odd  Claremont-inspired amendments over the past 14 years, and the guardedness of even the boldest of lawmakers is understandable.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Negotiators Reach Compromise on Voter-ID

 

Passing a voter identification law has been a priority for Republicans in Concord, but the House and Senate differed on how tough to make its requirements. The Senate supported accepting college IDs, for instance. The Senate also wanted to allow people to vote without identification if local election officials knew who they were. The House meanwhile favored allowing only government-issued IDs. It also favored  to force voter without IDs to have their picture taken before getting a ballot.

In the end, both sides got some of what they wanted.

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All Things Considered
6:07 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

O'Brien Names New Majority Leader as Questions Remain About Bettencourt Conduct

Politics usually take a break over Memorial Day weekend, but not this year in New Hampshire. State House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt abruptly resigned after admitting he had falsified documents for a law school internship.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest on the Bettencourt story, the potential political fallout for House Speaker William O'Brien, and the newly named majority leader, Rep. Pete Silva of Nashua.

NH News
4:16 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Admitting Falsehoods, Bettencourt Resigns Again

Brady Carlson NHPR

Update:  The New Hampshire Legal Rights Foundation announced Tuesday that it has severed its relationship with former Rep. D.J. Bettencourt.  The foundation had recently named Bettencourt as executive director.

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NH News
2:39 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Bassett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

 

Jim Bassett is well-known and well-liked in the New Hampshire Bar. But his nomination drew criticism from some conservatives. They didn’t like that Bassett supported the Brady gun law on as a GOP congressional candidate in 1994. They also don’t like that Bassett said he accepted the Claremont education funding rulings as precedent during his confirmation hearing. Most councilors dismissed these concerns, and prior to the confirmation vote, District 2’s Dan St. Hillare predicted  Bassett would be a great addition to the court.

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NH News
6:22 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

House backtracks on 20 week abortion ban

New Hampshire House lawmakers try and fail to revive a bill to ban late-term abortions.

The house first passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in March. But that bill was quickly pushed aside by the senate. House lawmakers revived the proposal Thursday, tacking it on to bill related to health screening tests for newborns. Yet the narrowness  of the margin – it was adopted by just 4 votes -- prompted a quick change of heart. Lawmakers like Jennifer Coffey, a republican from Andover, told colleagues the abortion language put the newborn testing proposal at risk.

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