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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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ballot Law Commission Rules Havenstein Eligible

  The 3-2 vote by clears the way for Republican Walt Havenstein to run for governor. Havenstein sought the hearing after Democrats argued the former defense contractor hadn’t met the 7-year residency requirement set by the state constitution.

At issue was whether Havenstein surrendered New Hampshire as his domicile by living part time in Maryland from 2007-2012.

By a 3-2 vote, in which democratic member Martha Van Oot and joined Republicans Michael Eaton and Brad Cook, the commission said no.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Shaheen To Update Disclosure Form

The Senator’s new disclosure will reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Ultrawave Labs Inc. is a California company working on technology to help better detect breast cancer.

In 2009, the Senator’s husband, William Shaheen, was named adviser to the company. He received stock options Shaheen included on US Senate disclosure forms, most recently filed in May.

According to that form, the Ultrawave stock options were to expire in 2019.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Brown Targets Shaheen; Smith And Rubens Target Brown

  Scott Brown drew the middle seat in this first debate featuring the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, but did his best to look past his party rivals towards the general election.

Brown called a united GOP Jeanne Shaheen’s  “worst nightmare,” and  challenged the incumbent to match him by allowing the media to inspect 8 years of tax returns.

"Senator Shaheen said if I release my returns, my wife and my returns, that she would do the same. So I hope she lives up to her word and releases her returns, so that she can be just as transparent as I am." 

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hassan Files For Reelection

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Governor Hassan pointed to the state budget, the expansion of the N.H’s Medicaid program, and the passage of the first gas tax increase in more than twenty years as examples of what she called bipartisan progress.

“We’ve expanded healthcare for 50,000 hard-working granite staters and we are funding improvements to our roads and bridges and the completion of I-93. And we created balanced and fiscally responsible budget, without a sales or income tax, which I continue to oppose and would veto."

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Politics
10:51 am
Mon June 9, 2014

On The Political Front: June 9th, 2014

On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks about this year's legislative session, which wrapped up last week. 

Lawmakers passed some bills on contentious topics, but failed on others. And some notable names announced they won't seek office again.

The big bills that passed:

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All Things Considered
5:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Amid A Changing Debate, New Hampshire Lawmakers Keep Death Penalty In 2014

This week All Things Considered is looking at the key bills at the statehouse this year – which passed, which didn’t, and why.

Proponents of repealing New Hampshire's death penalty law had new allies this year, including Governor Maggie Hassan, who promised to sign a repeal measure as long as it didn't affect the sentence of Michael Addison, the state's lone death row inmate.

The State House approved a repeal measure, but the Senate deadlocked 12-12 over the bill and ultimately laid it on the table.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Scott Brown Files Candidacy And Resigns From Florida Company

Credit Josh Rogers

As he filed for office, Scott Brown said he was focused on the issues that matter.

“And what matters right now is making sure that people are getting  a good value for their dollars and they are not paying an exorbitant amount of many for their health care, and their medical care, obviously, and their energy prices.”

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NH News
8:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

House, Senate To Consider Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

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Lawmakers in the House and Senate this week will consider a deal between the state and hospitals on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

The deal, largely brokered by Governor Maggie Hassan, pulls 25 of the state’s 26 hospitals out of a lawsuit.

Two Superior Court judges had ruled the tax in its current form unconstitutional, and a ruling is pending before the state Supreme Court.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the deal isn’t being seeing a positive step by all.

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NH News
4:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Hospital Tax Deal Headed For Vote By Full Legislature

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The deal hinges on a guarantee that hospitals will get more money for the care they provide.

It calls for payments for charity and uncompensated care to be no less 75 percent of costs at rural, so-called critical access hospitals,  and be as much as 50 percent at other hospitals. New London Republican Bob Odell helped broker the deal.

"This is not a perfect solution, but I think this takes us out of the courtroom for a while, and I think the fact that we have a tax decrease in this, however modest, is very important. So I think we made some progress."

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Rubens Wins Liberty Caucus Support

To Liberty Caucus Chairman Aaron Day's way of thinking the symbolism of recent endorsements in this race is clear:

The GOP establishment has its candidate in former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and republicans who prize the constitution and tackle problems with ideas have theirs in Jim Rubens.

"He’s thoughtful, intelligent, and open to rational discussion and debate."

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Politics
8:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

On The Political Front For May 12

    

NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses plans to fix the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which has been ruled unconstitutional by two superior court justices.

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NH News
8:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Lawmakers To Weigh Plans To Fix Medicaid Enhancement Tax

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are voting this week on possible fixes to the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which two superior court judges have ruled to be unconstitutional.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

N.H. House Rejects Senate Casino Proposal By One Vote

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The result was the same as every other casino bill ever taken up by the New Hampshire House, but the tally produced a gasp.

“Ahhhh.”

The 172-172 ties was broken by deputy house speaker Naida Kaen

“The chair votes in the affirmative….Senate bill 3666 is voted inexpedient to legislate.”

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NH News
4:27 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

AG: No Charges For Campbell or Pappas in Duck Incident

The N.H. Attorney General’s office will not file charges against Rep. David Campbell (D-Nashua) for  who running down five ducks in a hotel parking lot in December, or the former Nashua Police Commissioner Thomas Pappas who drove Campbell from the scene. 

The finding, which was detailed in a 14-page report,  comes  a day after David Campbell announced he won’t seek reelection, and almost 3 months after Thomas Pappas resigned over the incident.

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NH News
3:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

N.H. House Paves The Way For Gas Tax Hike

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The 193-141 vote means the state’s gas tax will rise 4.2 cents, the first increase to the state’s current 18-cent per gallon levy on gasoline and diesel since 1991.

The battle over NH’s gas tax has been pitched in recent years. When Governor John Lynch was in the corner office, he promised to veto any increase to the gas tax.

Last year the democratically- controlled N.H. House passed a 12-cent tax hike that was rejected by the GOP led State Senate.

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