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.

Follow Josh's live tweets from the Statehouse and campaign trail on Twitter at @JoshRogersNHPR

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NH News
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off U.S. Senate Run In Portsmouth

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Technically, Scott Brown’s been a candidate in this race since last month, when he filed with the FEC. But last night in a Portsmouth hotel ballroom the Republican who now lives in Rye, erased any remaining doubt.

“I am running to be a true independent voice for the people of NH and I will need you strength you help and you voters to succeed.”

Brown’s remarks stressed his connection new home state, where he’s summered as an adult and spent the earliest days of his childhood.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Committee Backs Death Penalty Repeal On Revote

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The 3-2 margin came two days after an initial vote ended in a tie

The revote was requested by  Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester).

Soucy's district was where N.H.’s lone death row inmate, Michael Addison, committed the crime that persuaded a jury to sentence him to death -- the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Soucy says given that, and the importance of the issue, she didn’t want to give the impression she might have been dodging it.

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On the Political Front
8:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

On The Political Front For April 7

    

Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about questions being raised regarding potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's residency. 

Rogers also talks about big changes at two major New Hampshire newspapers and what's on the docket at the Statehouse this week.

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NH News
8:28 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Opponents Question Residency Of Likely GOP Governor Candidate

Walt Havenstein

Opponents continue to raise questions about whether a Republican expected to join the race for governor meets the state’s residency requirements.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Former Chief Justice Says N.H. Should Repeal Death Penalty

Former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, appearing on The Exchange in 2010
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Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that  NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.

Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney,  a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.

Broderick stressed mistakes can happen.

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On the Political Front
9:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

On The Political Front For March 31

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers speaks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the state Senate considering a bill to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty.

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NH News
3:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Hassan Signs Medicaid Expansion

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Medicaid expansion is now state law, making some 50,000 poor adults in New Hampshire eligible for federal subsidies under so-called Obamacare.

Governor Maggie Hassan signed the expansion bill at a crowded public ceremony using 18 separate pens -- one for each letter of her full name.

She hailed the new law as a bipartisan proposal that moves the state forward.

“Today we are signing into law the most significant piece of health care legislation that the state of N.H. has seen in decades.”

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NH News
4:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

House Rejects Anti-Common Core Bills

The N.H. House killed two proposals to delay or limit the effect of the Common Core education standards and voted to study a third.

The debate stretched nearly three hours, and votes split mostly along party lines. Concord Democrat Mary Stuart Gile, a backer of Common Core, which was adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010,  noted that education reform regimes come and go, but insisted that common core will benefit NH students.

"Make no mistake my colleagues the Common Core state standards raise the bar for teaching and learning."

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NH News
5:27 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

In Nashua, Biden Praises Job Training And Medicaid Expansion

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The Vice President didn’t waste much time doling out praise and thanks, first for Governor Maggie Hassan and N.H.’s hard-won deal to expand Medicaid.

"Thank you for the health care expansion you just passed. Its going to change the lives of an awful lot of people."

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Newscast
12:50 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Nashua Chamber Poll Finds Northern Pass Gaining Support

A new  survey, conducted on behalf of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, found growing support for the controversial Northern Pass project.

The poll, taken last month  by the UNH Survey Center for the Nashua Chamber, which backs Northern Pass,  showed 46 percent favor the proposal and 35 percent oppose  it.

The survey also found limited enthusiasm for requiring the burial of all Northern Pass Transmission lines.

Chris Williams is the Nashua Chamber's President.

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On the Political Front
10:12 am
Mon March 24, 2014

On The Political Front For March 24

    

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about a proposal to increase New Hampshire's gas tax, Scott Brown ramping up his Senate campaign, and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Nashua on Tuesday.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Obama Says Shaheen Should Stay And Brown Should Run From Texas

When he served in the U.S. Senate,  Scott Brown often voted with President Obama.

In 2011, Congressional Quarterly found Brown voted in support of the president’s agenda 70 percent of the time  -- second only to Susan Collins of Maine among Republicans.  But when asked on New England Cable News about Brown’s possible run here, the President made clear he prefers the incumbent.

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NH News
4:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

House Kills Under-18 Tanning Ban

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The bill was endorsed by its house committee as a way to protect the minors from skin damage that could contribute to cancer, but on the house floor it provoked a heated debate over parental rights and the proper role of government.  Steve Vaillancourt is a Republican from Manchester.

"A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it."

Moments later the House voted 175-154 to both kill the bill and bar the issue from coming up again this year.

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NH News
7:56 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Scott Brown Makes The Rounds Through Vote-Rich Southern N.H.

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While technically, he’s still exploring a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Scott Brown acted very much the candidate at a St. Patrick’s Day lunch in Salem.  He worked the room, posed for pictures, and said voters across the country and here in his new home state of New Hampshire, want to toss Democrats from office for supporting  so-called Obamacare.

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NH News
12:42 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

N.H. House Kills Casino Bill

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The 173-144 voted showed house lawmakers remain skeptical of casino gambling.

This bill envisioned up to 5000 slot machines and 150 table games at one location, was touted as the product of study and hard-won experience.

Jaffrey Democrat Richard Ames was its lead sponsor.

"We took what we learned and make a New Hampshire plan."

But critics said the plan, which beefed up the regulations included in the proposal the House rejected last year, ceded too much power to a gambling authority.

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NH News
4:03 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House Votes Strongly For Death Penalty Repeal

The House of Representatives has voted 225-104 to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

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NH News
1:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal Of O'Brien Suit Against Dems

The state’s highest court has unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that scuttled  former House Speaker William O’Brien’s lawsuit against the N.H. Democratic Party over automated phone calls that targeted O’Brien without the proper disclosures.

At issue were 394 calls placed by Democrats in 2010.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House Kills Plan To Make Nonprofits Pay Business Tax

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The 173-163 vote mostly followed party lines, with Democrats opposing the bill and all but 9 Republicans supporting it.

The bill sought to lower the rate of the business enterprise tax  from .75 to .68 percent but require large nonprofits to pay it.

House Ways and Means Chair, Susan Almy (D-Lebanon) said the proposal would put what she called fragile charities at risk and said it would be wrong to keep the bill alive, even if only to study it.

"We can’t leave all of these organizations hanging in terror. Kill this"

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NH News
4:12 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

State Treasurer To Take Post At USNH

Cathy Provencher has been the State Treasurer since 2007. Before that she led the audit division of the Legislative Budget Assistant.

Her familiarity with the state’s finances should helper in her new job:  Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs and Treasurer for the University system.

Provencher was approved for her new post by the USNH Board of Trustees Executive Committee Thursday.

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NH News
4:10 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Hassan Says Medicaid Expansion Should Be Ready By July

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she expects those eligible for insurance under a Medicaid expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of State Senators will be covered in July.

The plan to insure as many as 50,000 low income residents by using federal money to pay for private coverage cleared a key committee last week.

The plan is expected to win full approval by lawmakers, but those votes have yet to be scheduled.  

Governor Hassan says she’s optimistic that will happen with enough time for the plan’s two-month enrollment period to begin May 1.

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On the Political Front
8:59 am
Mon February 24, 2014

On The Political Front For Feb. 24

On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks about what the political implications of the looming Medicaid expansion deal could be for Republicans and news of another Republican considering a run for governor.     

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NH News
5:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Votes 15-9 To Create Abortion Clinic "Buffer Zone"

Four Republicans --  Jeb Bradley, Bob Odell, Nancy Stiles and John Reagan -- joined all eleven Democrats to back the 25-foot buffer zone.

The GOP-led Health Committee had recommended the bill be killed, and Republicans could not muster the majority needed to table the measure when it reached the floor.

Lead sponsor, Manchester Democrat, Donna Soucy, argued the bill strikes a delicate balance.

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NH News
5:20 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

House Votes 231-97 To Prohibit Sex Offender Restrictions

Twelve towns have passed ordinances to limit where sex offenders can live --  barring offenders from living near schools, or child-care centers.

But law enforcement oppose such bans.  Renny Cushing of Hampton, a Democrat, told House colleagues that police know restrictions make monitoring offenders harder.

"The chiefs of police do not want to have a situation where you take away one of the tools they have which is to track where sex offenders are. And that’s also why the coalition against sexual and domestic violence is in support of this legislation."

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NH News
4:07 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Ex-Diocese Chancellor To Plead Guilty To Felony Theft Charges

Things started to go bad for Monsignor Edward Arsenault in May, when he stepped down as President of the St. Luke Institute, a priest treatment center in Maryland.

Arsenault quit the job – and its $170,000 salary -- when prosecutors announced an investigation into misuse of church finds and an improper adult relationship.

Prosecutors say between 2005 and March of last year, Edward Arsenault stole thousands of dollars from the Manchester diocese, the Catholic Medical Center and the estate of another priest.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Keno Bill Clears House, Moves On To Senate

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New Hampshire's House has voted to allow electronic keno games to be played in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.  


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NH News
12:18 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

House Kills Proposed Moratorium On Wind Farms, Transmission Line Projects

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The state’s House of Representatives has voted 194-148 to kill a bill that would have established a moratorium on wind farms and new transmission line projects, including Northern Pass.

This vote fell along party lines, with Democrats largely voting against blocking all projects, and Republicans, like Skip Reilly of Hill arguing that now is the time to wait -- for the state to complete its forthcoming energy plan.

"Remember we are elected by our constituents to serve them, not some power company."

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NH News
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Two Casinos

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  The Ways and Means Committee passed this casino bill as soon as the public testimony ended, but the full Senate is expected to slow things down by tabling the bill until the House considers a proposal allowing one casino with a beefed up regulatory scheme.

Prior to voting in favor of the senate plan, Derry Republican Jim Rausch observed what’s obvious to anyone who’s watched N.H.’s casino debate: without movement in the House gambling goes nowhere.    

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NH News
4:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Committee Dismisses 3 of 5 Ethics Complaints Facing Bragdon

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The complaints, all stemming from former Senate President Peter Bragdon's hire by the former Local Government Center (LGC), were brought by Concord Democrat Rick Watrous.

The committee made short work of most of them -- dismissing charges that Senator Bragdon knew he was being hired to help the LGC because of  his position in the Senate, that he used his status to get his job, and that appointed fellow Senator Jeannie Forrester to a committee studying the LGC to curry favor with his future employer.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Garcia Launches 2nd CD Bid With House Colleagues At Her Side

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Marilinda Garcia’s voting record during her four terms in the N.H. House is staunchly conservative.

Flanked by several dozen GOP house colleagues, she said if she unseats Congresswoman Annie Kuster, she’d hope to “dismantle” so-called Obamacare and make Washington shrink.

"The continuous flow of government mandates, regulations and taxes are literally making it impossible for local governments to solve local problems."

The 30-year old Garcia faces former NashuaState Senator Gary Lambert in the GOP primary.

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NH News
10:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

N.H. GOP Director Subpoenaed In Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

Chris Christie appearing at the McCain Institute in Phoenix
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Matt Mowers, the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is one of 17 people being subpoenaed tonight by a panel of the New Jersey state Assembly.

The latest development in the controversy surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comes a week after revelations that political associates of Christie, a possible presidential contender in 2016, may have ordered the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last September as an act of political retribution.

Mowers has worked as the New Hampshire GOP’s top staffer since November.

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