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
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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NH News
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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Politics
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

On The Political Front For June 24

Before going into recess, lawmakers in Concord will vote this week on the state budget and other deals reached during committees of conference, including Voter ID and medical marijuana. The Democratically-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate have been at odds over a number of policy issues, but areas of disagreement over the budget were smaller than possibly expected, with the final budget including provisions sought by both chambers and Governor Hassan.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Governor, Legislative Leaders Hail Common Ground In Budget Plan

The gold dome of the New Hampshire State House.
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

State budget negotiators reached accord today on a $10.7 billion spending plan.

The budget still needs approval from the full legislature, but leaders in the House and Senate, as well as Governor Maggie Hassan, agree the proposal meets many shared goals.

NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the negotiation process, what's in the final budget deal and its chances when it goes before the full House and Senate next week.

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NH News
3:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Deal On Medical Marijuana Wins Hassan's Support

At issue for Governor Hassan was a provision in the House version of the bill that would allow qualifying  patients to grow their own marijuan. Hassan also didn’t like that the House wanted to permit doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat PTSD.

The N.H. Senate had removed both provisions from the its version bill at Hassan’s behest, and House negotiators say under the circumstances going along made sense. Concord Democrat Jim McKay is Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon June 17, 2013

On The Political Front For June 17

A Thursday deadline is looming for House and Senate lawmakers to come to an agreement on the next two-year state budget. NHPR's Josh Rogers gets us caught up on the state of the negotiations, and what chance there is of Medicaid expansion being wrapped into the final deal.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

State Budget Negotiatons Begin Quietly

The talks kicked off with small agreements, like the House agreeing with the Senate’s desire to drain $16m from a renewable energy fund,  and also to pay for local water projects starting in 2014 rather than 2015.

But while top budget writers stressed their common goals, big disagreements loom, on taxes and Medicaid expansion.

"Monday we’ll start the hard work of really talking about the issue where we may have some disagreement."

Democrat Mary Jane Wallner is House Finance Committee Chairman; Republican Chuck Morse leads the Senate’s finance panel.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon June 10, 2013

On The Political Front For June 10

It's committee season at the State House, as the legislative year nears its end. In the next couple of weeks, the budget will be getting the most attention, with some contention over Medicaid expansion, school building aid, charter schools, and personnel cuts. Other bills to watch for include medical marijuana and voter ID. US Senator Kelly Ayotte announces she supports a bipartisan immigration bill.

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NH News
6:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

N.H. Senate Passes $10.7 Budget

GOP Senate leaders say the proposal is prudent, while democrats say republicans failed NH by opting to study – rather than expand Medicaid.

Budget debates tend to be partisan, and this was no exception. Republicans made clear from the outset their comfort with their spending calls.

"Our budget in senate finance increased spending over the house budget by 24 million dollars."

Chuck Morse chairs the finance committee.

“This is a strong budget.”

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NH News
5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medicaid Battle Looms In Budget Negotiations

Governor Maggie Hassan, House Speaker Terie Norelli and Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen all say expanding Medicaid under so-called Obamacare is a good deal for NH:  About 60,000 more people would have insurance,  and $2.5B would flow to the state at a cost of about $85M over seven years. Republicans in the senate didn’t include expansion in their budget, and instead have proposed a commission to study the issue. But Senator Larsen and Speaker Norelli say they support exploring whether expansion can take even if the Senate opposes it.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon June 3, 2013

On The Political Front For June 3

The NH Senate will be voting on its budget this Thursday; their plan calls for $10.7 billion in spending over two years, coming just under the House's budget, which calls for $11b, but doing it with large policy differences. One of those differences is Medicaid expansion, which the Governor and House favor. Looking forward to the 2014 US Senate election, in which incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is expected to run for re-election, Jim Rubens has been added to the list of possible Republican contenders, along with Jeb Bradley, Frank Guinta, and Scott Brown.

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