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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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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Donald Trump was characteristically adamant at a recent town hall meeting in Claremont, New Hampshire.

"All I do is tell the truth. I tell the truth."

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joined Morning Edition to talk about Sunday night's Democratic debate and Republican Ted Cruz's big push here in New Hampshire.

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Donald Trump used a campaign stop in Windham to continue his spat with the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper Monday. A Trump also went after former Governor John Sununu. 

Donald Trump has never been shy about taking pokes at New Hampshire's Republican elite. And within two minutes of taking the stage, Trump was deriding the N.H. Union Leader and its publisher Joe McQuaid.

"Its really a dishonest paper, though. It's terrible."

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On the Political Front."

The New Hampshire Union Leader has been booted as co-sponsor of the lone New Hampshire GOP presidential debate.  The network’s explanation: the Union Leader’s editorials going after GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

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Three Republicans hoping for a big showing in the New Hampshire primary -- Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio -- were busy locally this week. The three are also angling for many of the same voters as Primary Day approaches. NHPR caught up with them in Derry, Bedford and Meredith.

State lawmakers get back to work this week. The New Hampshire House meets today; the State Senate tomorrow. Joining me now to talk about some of the matters lawmakers will debate this year is NHPR’s senior political reporter, Josh Rogers.

OK Josh, lots of issues coming up quick this year.

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Donald Trump rallied supporters in Claremont Tuesday night. The GOP front-runner ended things with a rapid fire answers to shouted questions from the audience, and some off the cuff shouting of his own.

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All political campaigns boil down to one question: How do you get more people to vote for your candidate than for any other?

The outcome of this year's New Hampshire Republican presidential primary could hinge on how well campaigns manage this so-called ground game.


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Chris Christie has spent more time in New Hampshire than any major candidate running for president.

His local focus has been by necessity as much as  by choice, but it may pay off.

Polls show him gaining traction, and as Christie told the crowd that joined him at an Exeter auto repair shop as he launched a 4-day bus tour, he believes he’s bonded with voters here.

Fresh from a GOP debate in which national security issues were dominant, Florida Senator Marco Rubio assured the crowd at a Manchester banquet hall that on his watch American military forces would never have to undertake a fair fight. They would always be better equipped, better trained, and have better intelligence to guide them.

"You know what all of this will mean. it will mean the world will not be perfect, but it will be safer, and it will be better. When America leads, the world is a safer and better place, and when it doesn't the world is chaotic."

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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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A day after chiding the media for, as he put it, allowing Trump to play them like a violin, it was Jeb Bush who decided to bring up the real estate mogul, during a panel discussion with young professionals.

Bush was asked by a name two historical figures and one celebrity he'd invite to a party. His answer came immediately.

"I would not invite Donald Trump."

Winston Churchill and Neil Armstrong would be welcome at his party, said Bush, but it was a firm no thanks on the celebrities.

"I really don't believe in celebrity. I find it superficial."

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For GOP Chair Jennifer Horn, Trump's call for a "total and complete shutdown" on allowing Muslims into the county was too much. In a statement, she called out Trump's policy statement.

"It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it is un-American."

The state's top elected Republican official, US Senator Kelly Ayotte, wasn't nearly as pointed but made the same basic argument when asked to weigh in Trump's call to ban Muslim immigration.

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On The Political Front."

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The fact that Chris Christie’s has spent lots of time in New Hampshire was clear the moment he stepped in the door at Janie’s café.

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Marco Rubio's pitch to voters in Laconia was loud and clear: his is a candidacy based pitched towards America's future.

"The first thing we must do in this election, both in the Republican party but in the broader electorate, is we must turn the page. We cannot keep electing the same kind of people. Its not because they are evil, it's not because they don't love our country, it's because they don't understand the 21st century."

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On the Political Front."

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