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
5:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Look Back At The Life And Career Of Ray Burton

Ray Burton

Ray Burton, the state’s longest serving Executive Councilor, and a political force in the Northern part of the state for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 74. Burton had kidney cancer.  Across the state leaders on both side of the aisle remember Burton as a consummate public servant.

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Politics
9:39 am
Mon November 4, 2013

On The Political Front For November 4

After the commission's recommendation last month, lawmakers will be debating expanding Medicaid in a special legislative session called by Governor Hassan; it remains to be seen how much bipartisan support the measure will have. We'll be watching the mayor's race in Manchester, where incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Alderman Patrick Arnold, and a special House election in Nashua, which pits former House Majority Leader Peter Silva against Democrat Latha Mangipudi.

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NH News
2:45 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

"Dashboard" Aims To Inform N.H. Economic Plan

State policymakers will have fresh numbers at their disposal when they return to concord next year.

The "economic dashboard" was put together by NH Center for Public Policy Studies and commissioned by the Business and Industry Association.

It finds N.H. doing well in areas that suggest past economic strength -- like homeownership rates -- but lagging in areas indicative of future economic strength -- like low student debt load and affordable housing.

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NH News
4:18 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Anti-Death Penalty Group Launches Repeal Effort

The Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty includes, liberals and conservatives, N.H.’s Catholic and Episcopal bishops, as well as the former Chief Justice of the State’s Superior Court.

It also features State Rep. Renny Cushing, whose father was shot to death in 1988. Cushing has been a key player in past efforts to repeal N.H.’s death penalty law, but thinks this time the chances are good.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

State Looks To Avert Shutdown-Related Layoffs

Credit DavidWilson1949 via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is getting ready to furlough some state workers whose salaries depend on federal funding.

The Hassan administration and the union that represents most state workers have reached a deal that both sides say will prevent layoffs.

Under the agreement, the federal shutdown qualifies as a “emergency” that will allow workers to be furloughed rather than laid off. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the deal holds the promise of saving the state money and saving workers benefits that would be lost if they were laid off.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

NEC Poll Finds GOP Blamed For Shutdown

Yellowstone is one of several national parks that closed in the wake of the federal government shutdown.
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The poll taken last week found 49 percent think Republicans are responsible for the ongoing gridlock in Washington, 30 percent think it’s President Obama’s fault,  and 16 percent blame the President and Republicans equally.

NEC poll director Ben Tafoya says people who identified as Democrats tended to blame republicans and people who identified as Republicans tended to blame the President.  Self-described independents, meanwhile, mostly blamed the GOP.

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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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