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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"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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New Hampshire child protection officials would have more power to intervene when a parent is abusing drugs or a child is born drug dependent under a bill adopted by the state’s senate. The bill passed unanimously but not without debate.

The bill defines opioid abuse or dependence by a parent as neglect under New Hampshire's Child Protection Act. Right now that law doesn't identify specific conduct by parents as being sufficient to trigger neglect proceedings.

The vote to hire the Maryland-based Center for the Support of Families to evaluate operations at DCYF was unanimous.

This review will cost $223,000 dollars. It follows earlier reviews by lawmakers and the Attorney General's office.

All that focus follows some big problems at DCYF, including the death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage of Nashua.

Gage died of blunt force trauma in 2014 -- after child-protection workers returned Gage and 4 siblings to their mother and her boyfriend even though the couple faced child-abuse charges.

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Federal Magistrate Andrea Johnstone heard from prosecutors, who argued that Jerry DeLemus brought a 50 caliber sniper rifle to Nevada, took part in armed patrols and wrote on Facebook that he would die to defend the Bundys.  

Johnstone also heard from DeLemus’s defense lawyer, who called him “law abiding,”  “peaceful” and no flight risk.

Several witnesses testified as well. GOP state lawmakers Warren Groen and David Bates told the court DeLemus is a man of his word, a devout Christian, a  “patriot” and a ‘peacemaker.”

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Federal authorities on Thursday arrested a Rochester man for his role in a standoff by Nevada ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands.

Jerry Delemus, a New Hampshire Tea Party activist and co-chair of New Hampshire Veterans for Donald Trump, remains in federal custody after being charged with conspiracy, obstruction, assault and making threats during the 2014 armed standoff involving Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. 

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The 12-12 vote means New Hampshire is likely to remain the only state in New England  where the death penalty is still on the books.

After the vote, backers of repeal say this year’s effort, which was spearheaded by Republicans, show the issue is a bipartisan one. 

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New Hampshire's state Senate is slated to vote on suspending the use of the death penalty. According to the bill's lead sponsor, Republican Kevin Avard, suspending the death penalty is good sense.

Avard once supported capital punishment, but says there are too many examples of the people improperly ending up on death row to remain confident the punishment is worth the risk.

“You know we are all capable of fallibility, and if you have 156 people who have been exonerated, we should take a real sober look at this.”

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Nottingham state rep. Kyle Tasker is facing calls for his resignation. Tasker has been charged with four felonies, including using a computer to lure a minor to have sex and drug possession with intent to sell.

Kyle Tasker is accused of using Facebook to lure what he believed was a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the qualifications of her pick to be the state's top bank regulator are significant and unique. 

Hassan's vote of confidence in GOP state senator Jerry Little comes as a online petition urging her to rescind Little's nomination has gathered more than 700 signatures.

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When she announced she was running for U.S. Senate, Governor Hassan said she would consider supporting the closure of Guantanamo Bay if it could be done in a way where the safety of U.S. citizens would not be at risk.

Hasssan says what she knows of Present Obama's plan to shut down the prison -- it envisions sending some detainees to unnamed sites in the U.S. -- doesn't meet that test.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she met with the FBI  Sunday to learn about security threats and says she will continue to encourage the federal government to coordinate with local homeland security officials.

But Hassan told reporters she's not ready to change her stance on Syrian refugees.

Until last year, the architect of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was an obscure political operative in New Hampshire.

Now, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski can claim to have engineered victories in South Carolina and New Hampshire and a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, a winning streak that gives Trump a strong shot at the Republican nomination.

On the night of his New Hampshire primary victory, Trump acknowledged Lewandowski's role in the win, asking, "Does Corey have a ground game or what?"

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Donald Trump was effusive as he praised the state that gave him his first win - and made it a big one.

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Donald Trump dwells on his skill as a deal maker, and last night he worked hard to secure commitments from the several thousand voters who braved a snowy night to hear his final pre-primary speech at the Verizon Center. Trump told them they had no choice.

“You are close to death, your doctor tells you its not working. Your wife is disgusted with you, she said, I'm leaving. No matter what. She says, darling  I love you but I've fallen in love with another man. I don’t give a damn, you got to get out and vote, right? Right? You gotta get out to vote.”

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Would-be Presidents are making their final pitches to New Hampshire voters in advance of tomorrow's presidential primary. GOP candidates are crisscrossing the state in the final push.

Governor Chris Christie told voters in Hampstead to recall the final presidential debate as they decide who to vote for.

"And when the lights get really bright, and you are getting tested. You either shine or you melt. When you are sitting in the oval office we do not want a president who will melt."

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 If you attended Hillary Clinton’s campaign stops over the weekend, it wasn’t hard to find Clinton supporters who don’t expect Clinton to win Tuesday.

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Based on the large Donald Trump sign that decorates his lawn on South Road in Hopkinton, you might assume Eric Habben plans to vote for Donald Trump.

“Initially I was, but now I’m really torn as far as whether I will or not," Habben said.

Campaigning in Goffstown Ted Cruz said that Donald Trump is "losing it" because he can't handle having been beaten in the Iowa caucus. Trump has alleged Cruz stole his win in Iowa.

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No presidential candidate has more of a history with the Granite State than Hillary Clinton. Her comeback win here eight years ago set off what became a long battle for the Democratic nomination, which of course, Clinton ultimately lost to Barack Obama.

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At a rally in Milford Tuesday night, Donald Trump said he was fine with finishing second in the Iowa caucus, and that second would be a fine result for New Hampshire, too.

But Trump's local supporters remain bullish on his chances to win here.

You scarcely needed to put the question to attendees at Donald Trump’s first post-Iowa campaign event; all you had to do was look at the long line than snaked through the parking lot of the Hampshire Hills Athletic club to know that for Trump’s local backers, his loss in Iowa is no deal breaker.

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"On the Policital Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire Friday. The GOP front-runner congratulated himself for skipping the GOP debate in Iowa and went after Republican rival Ted Cruz. 

Trump told a capacity crowd at a hotel ballroom that "in theory" he would have rather done the debate because he's leading, but believes his decision paid off.

"I took a chance and we did something, and I don't know the end result. I heard went we up but we did the right thing. We did the right thing because we did something great for veterans."

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With the New Hampshire primary just two weeks, away every presidential campaign is turning towards a basic goal: make sure supporters turn out to vote. For GOP frontrunner Donald Trump the challenge is persuading the crowds who pack his rallies to actually show up on primary day.

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Donald Trump used a rally in Farmington to urge backers to turn out on primary day and show the world his campaign is a movement. 

Farmington is not a town that sees many would-be presidents.

Trump drew a crowd of more than 1000 to the town’s high school gymnasium.

Trump’s main message was straightforward: Get out and vote.

" Don’t worry about polls, because there is only one poll that counts, Feb 9th for you people and Feb 1st for Iowa."

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"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.  

The weekend brought Hillary Clinton some endorsements from the Concord Monitor and Boston Globe. The Monitor had also endorsed Clinton in 2008; the Globe chose then-Senator Barack Obama. You’d have to see this as good news – perhaps needed good news -- for Clinton.

If you had to name a state where Donald Trump's political rise has caused the greatest disruption, New Hampshire would be a good pick. Trump has led every poll taken there since June — while tearing up the traditional Republican playbook for winning in New Hampshire.

Trump has avoided the retail politicking that most other campaigns view as a must-do in favor of large rallies. He has never even spent two days back to back in the state campaigning.

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During a four-day visit to New Hampshire, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pitched a consistent message.

Cruz finished off his trip the same way he started, selling himself as the presidential candidate the establishment fears most.

"Because Cruz actually will stand, with the American people against the career politicians in both parties. "

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