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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NH News
2:57 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

UNH Dean Dan Innis Joins Race for Congress

Republican Dan Innis, Dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, is running for Congress in the state's First District.

Dan Innis  was the first in his family to attend college but has spend the last 20 years in academia.  He also owns a Portsmouth inn with his husband. Innis says he wants to change Washington.

"I am running for congress to give N.H. a stronger voice in Washington on the things that really matter to us, things like smaller government lower taxes, more freedom."

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NH News
6:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ayotte Puts Hold On Air Force Nominee

Senator Kelly Ayotte’s hold on the nomination of Deborah Lee James as Air Force Secretary won’t be lifted until she gets what a spokesperson called  “a substantive response” about the future of the A-10 aircraft, a plane her husband flew in combat in Iraq.

The A-10 fleet may face reduction or elimination due to budget cuts.

Ayotte publicly raised her concerns with the President’s pick to lead the Air Force during a confirmation hearing.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

State Employee Contract Negotiations Head To Fact Finding

Credit NHPR Staff

Contract negotiation between the Hassan administration and the state employees association are heading into a fact finding stage. The move comes eight months into contract talks and after 4 days of mediation failed to produce agreement. State employees association president Diana Lacey says the Hassan administration has been unwilling to provide proof to back up its claims on contracts costs.

"I am not necessarily willing to say that I think it’s bad faith, but the closest I could get to that is to say they are in a different league now."

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NH News
2:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Gambling Consultant Says N.H. Has Models For Casino Regulation

UMass Dartmouth Professor Clyde Barrow cited the states of Delaware, West Virginia, and Rhode Island as possible models for New Hampshire. All place gambling regulation under their states' lottery commissions - and none, said Barrow, needed to hire a huge number of people to do the job.

"As you can see in the case of Delaware and Rhode Island, which respectively have two and three casinos, have 59 and 51 employees respectively, and that is to supervise traditional lottery, virtual and live table games, VLTs and charitable gaming combined."

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NH News
5:17 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Ayotte Undecided On Syria Resolution

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she's concerned insufficient action could make things worse.

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NH News
3:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kuster "Leaning Against" Voting For Syria Strikes

Kuster, appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010

During an appearance  on an WMUR-TV forum, Representative Ann McLane Kuster said she fears an American strike against Syria could lead the U.S. into a region-wide conflagration.

"And for me the risk of us entering into war there,  we are not at war with the Syrian people.  And those are the issues I am going to be considering, and I will tell you honestly I have not made a final decision."

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Bradley Passes On 2014 Runs For Major Office

Citing seriously ill family members, State Senate Majority leader Jeb Bradley says he won’t seek statewide office in 2014. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, Bradley’s announcement ends months of speculation he would run for US Senate or Governor.

Top Republicans were talking up the prospect of Jeb Bradley running for major office right up until Bradley announced he wouldn’t.

Bradley told the N.H. Union Leader he only came to his decision over the weekend, after talking it through with family.

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NH News
1:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Morse Is New Senate President

Credit State of New Hampshire

Chuck Morse won bipartisan praise for his work on the state budget, and before being voted in as the senate's new leader, he was was hailed by both Republicans as Democrats in nominating speeches.

Morse replaced Peter Bragdon, who gave up the gavel amid controversy after he took a job to leading the quasi-public local government center.

In his first speech as the senate’s new president, Chuck Morse urged colleagues to put the needs of their constituents first.

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NH News
2:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

AG: No Voter Fraud By Workers Who Stayed With Sen. Clark Clark Case

The N. H. Attorney General's office has dismissed GOP allegations of fraud against campaign staffers who voted from the address of State Senator Martha Fuller Clark.

The Attorney General’s office interviewed Senator Fuller Clark and 4 democratic campaign workers who stayed at her house during the run ups to the 2008 and 2012 elections.

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NH News
1:47 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court: Loaded Means Loaded

The N.H. Supreme Court has ruled that guns must contain ammunition to be considered loaded under state law, invalidating a misdemeanor charge brought against a Manchester man for carrying a pistol without a permit.

The court said prosecutors were wrong to charge 31-year old Oriol Dor  after police found an empty semi-automatic pistol and a loaded magazine in the glove compartment of Dor's car.

Prosecutors argued the proximity of the ammunition to the weapon was enough for it to be considered loaded under state law.

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NH News
1:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

GOP Wants Domicile Probe of Democrats; Democrats Accuse GOP of Hypocrisy

Republicans pounced when WMUR reported that several democratic campaign staffers voted in recent elections  using Senator Martha Fuller Clark’s Portsmouth address as their domicile. Clark co-chaired of President Obama’s local campaign in 2012,  and  is Vice Chair of the Democratic party.   She told WMUR that “by and large” the people who stayed at her house and voted were committed to N.H. but given their ages it was “impossible to predict” if they intended to stay. N.H.

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3:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

NH GOP Gets High-Profile Fundraising Help

Senators Rand Raul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida and John Thune of South Dakota will appear at a Washington, DC fundraiser for N.H. Republicans July 29th.

The event is being organized by N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Closer to home, 2008 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will headline a Wolfeboro fundraiser for the party August 6th.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, meanwhile, will appear in Dublin August 26th.

All the guests but Romney are being spoken of as possible 2016 presidential candidates.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Munyenyezi Gets 10 Years For Lying About Role In Genocide

A Manchester woman accused of deceiving U.S. customs officials about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, which her lawyers say amounts to a death sentence if she's deported.

Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi declined to address the court before US District Judge Steven McAuliffe handed down the maximum sentence. As he did, the judge told the 43-year-old mother of three that she may have led a crime free life since arriving in NH in 1999, but said it was a life lived under false pretenses.

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NH News
6:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Budget, Med Marijuana, and Voter ID Change

Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

On this day, there were a lot of floor speeches pretty much like this.

"I would just like to rise and applaud the sponsors of this bill, the house committee the governor, the governor’s staff the senate committee for making this come forward."

That was Hollis Senator Peggy Gilmour moments before the senate passed a medical marijuana bill on a voice vote.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Budget, Med Marijuana, and Voter ID Change

On this day, there were a lot of floor speeches pretty much like this.

"I would just like to rise and applaud the sponsors of this bill, the house committee the governor, the governor’s staff the senate committee for making this come forward."

That was Hollis Senator Peggy Gilmour moments before the senate passed a medical marijuana bill on a voice vote.

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