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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Governor Hassan says she never discussed the details of Richard Schubart's abrupt departure from Exeter's campus in 2011 with her husband, who was Exeter's Principal when Schubart was forced to resign, and chalks up Schubart's appearance in 2012 campaign press release as one of 125 community leaders who had endorsed her as  "a lot of people on lists," and not having specific information that she could have shared with her staff.

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Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand says his background, --leading Portsmouth, working as a consultant, and directing corporate relations at UNH --  as well as his character, make him suited to lead the state.

"There is a humility that is required to be a really good governor, and it means you have to be willing to admit that you don't know everything on day one. Nobody is an expert on everything. and it means you've got to ask big questions, listen to the people who are living it everyday. Analyze, listen, learn, decide, and then lead, and be unafraid to lead."

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen took to the steps of the federal courthouse in Concord to call on Senate Republicans to "get on with it" and take up Merrick Garland's nomination.

She says putting it off runs afoul of the constitution and senate tradition.

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A bill that aims make it easier for judges to treat the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana as a violation is winning favor at the state house and has the  support of the  New Hampshire Association of Police Chiefs, which has always opposed loosening state drug laws.

Marijuana decriminalization has passed the New Hampshire House several times. But no decriminalization bill has won favor in the senate. One reason why is the staunch opposition by New Hampshire law enforcement.

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Kelly Ayotte says she's gotten mixed feedback from voters over her stance on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, is an anti-overdose drug.
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  Under the agreement, Irish drug company Adapt Pharma will provide two doses of Narcan nasal spray to any New Hampshire high school that wants it.  

The company is working in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation. It offered free Narcan to all U.S. high schools in January. 

State Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeff Myers says giving schools the option of stocking the drug at no cost makes sense. 

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Governor Maggie Hassan named a drug prosecutor to be the state's new 'Drug Czar.' James Vara helped draft newly enacted legislation to stiffen penalties for Fentanyl distribution.

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To hear 45 year old ex-restaurant chef Dave Valicenti tell it, making a living selling food at farmer’s markets was far from a master plan.

“In fact I didn’t even want to do farmers markets at all. My mother was like, ‘you know that’s how Stonewall Kitchen started,’ and so I’m like yeah, I don’t want to be one of those carny-weirdos who goes around to farmers markets.”

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Former Portsmouth City councilor Stefany Shaheen will not be running for Governor.

Shaheen's decision, first reported by WMUR, follows months of speculation.

Shaheen had been asked  by Emily's List, the Washington political action committee dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, to consider seeking the office her mother, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, held for 6 years.

So far two Democrats have announced they will run.  Executive Councilor, Colin Van Ostern, and Mark Connolly, the state's former top securities regulator.

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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.

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