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
4:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

House Kills Senate Casino Bill, May See Strained Relations

The democratically-controlled NH House voted yesterday to kill a bill authorizing a casino with as many as 5000 slot machines and 150 table games. The vote is blow to Governor Maggie Hassan, who lobbied hard for the bill.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the 199-164 vote was consistent with the house’s longstanding opposition to casino gambling, but may strain its relations with the state Senate, which had backed the plan by a supermajority.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

N.H. Primary Turns 100

Credit josh rogers, NHPR

The Executive Council chambers were packed as N.H.'s political class came together to honor what has become one of the best known things about the state,  the presidential primary. Bill Gardner.

"This is a special day in N.H., in the old days they’d call this a red letter day."

Bill Gardner is N.H.’s Secretary of State. He came equipped with plenty of historical detail, including the biography of Democratic  Rep, Stephen Bullock, who authored law that took effect May 21st 1913.

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Politics
9:31 am
Mon May 20, 2013

On The Political Front For May 20

The gambling bill goes to the floor of the NH House for a full vote on Wednesday, after receiving a narrow 23-22 supercommittee vote resulting in a recommendation to kill the bill; the recommendation means that none of the amendments being debated in the House will be under consideration unless Wednesday's vote also fails to approve the bill. One such amendment would look to beef up regulation, while allowing for more revenue. Issues on the docket in the NH Senate include the Stand Your Groud repeal, Voter ID, the gas tax, the tobacco tax, medical marijuana, and the minimum wage.

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NH News
6:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

House Supercommittee Narrowly Rejects Senate-Passed Casino Bill

Members of the so-called casino supercommittee spent its morning getting familiar with 17 separate amendments. The proposals ranged from beefing up regulatory oversight, to changing the way casino proceeds would be distributed among towns and counties, to allowing slot machines at any establishment that holds a liquor license.

But when the committee reconvened after lunch, the first motion came quickly, and it was to kill the bill.

“We may be 45 very bright people, but not one of us has a background in gaming.”

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon May 13, 2013

On The Political Front For May 13

The New Hampshire House makes its first key vote as the casino bill is voted on by a supercommittee comprised of the House Finance and Ways & Means Committees; various amendments will be considered on Tuesday, with a committee vote and recommendation coming Wednesday. The New Hampshire Senate, meanwhile, continues to work on its budget, and the Senate Finance Committee prepares to hear from some of the larger state agencies - Health & Human Services, Transportation, and Environmental Services - on their budget needs.

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NH News
4:33 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Senate Committee Reworks Voter ID BIll

The new bill limits a plan that aims to freeze implementation of the next phase of NH’s voter ID law.

Under the provisions of NH’s voter ID law set to kick in in September , only government issued ID would work at the polls --  and local election officials would snap pictures of voters who cast ballots without ID.

Neither provision would take effect under a bill backed by the democratically-controlled house, but the GOP led senate appears to have other plans.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senate Panel Rewrites Medical Marijuana Bill To Hassan's Liking

While serving as a state senator 4 years ago, Governor Maggie Hassan supported a medical marijuana bill with a home-cultivation option.

But no longer.

Prior to voting a redrafted medical marijuana bill out of committee, Senate health chair Nancy Stiles said the bill was to maximize its chances for survival when it gets to the Governor's desk.

"We did try to include everything that I though we had agreed on  -- and again with my meeting yesterday with the Governor’s Counsel – and what would work and not work."

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NH News
3:27 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Morse Says Senate Budget Will Be "A Whole Lot Different"

The top budget writer in the NH senate is signaling that the spending plan the senate will craft will be vastly different than the one adopted by the NH house.  Republican Chuck Morse of Salem says the house and Governor both inflated revenues for number of state taxes. Morse sees the state’s tax on hospitals, knows as the MET, as a prime example.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

State Investigating Former Manchester Diocese Official For Misuse Of Funds

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office is investigating a former top official in the Manchester diocese.

Monsignor Edward Arsenault is under investigation for improper transactions involving diocesan funds.

According to Diocese of Manchester, it was allegations about a inappropriate adult relations that prompted its scrutiny of Monsignor Edward Arsenault. That in turn, uncovered evidence suggesting Arsenault misused diocesan funds.

Arsenault was the diocese point person for during its  landmark settlement sexual abuse settlement with the state a decade ago.

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Politics
9:17 am
Mon May 6, 2013

On The Political Front For May 6

With April being a big month for state revenue, New Hampshire could end the biennium in the black; things are looking tougher for the casino proposal, as the legislature continues to work on the budget; Senator Ayotte held a handful of town halls meetings last week, getting questions and a bit of backlash on her gun control positions.

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On The Political Front For April 29

Senator Kelly Ayotte has been in the news for her opposition to expanded background checks for gun sales; the NH Senate set to vote on a number of bills this week, with a number of them expected not to pass; one bill that may find bipartisan support is the proposed freeze of the Voter ID law, which would mean that more stringent requirements set to go into effect in September would be put on hold.

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4:26 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Repeal Gets Senate Hearing

GOP Senate leaders in have said they see no reason to again require people attempt to retreat if they can do so safely before they use deadly-force in self-defense. But Ryan Health, Chief of Police in Alton, law told the Senate judiciary committee that current law puts citizens at risk.

"What I am talking about is innocent bystanders, other individuals in public places."

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon April 22, 2013

On The Political Front For April 22

In the wake of the bombings in Boston, NH Senator Kelly Ayotte and other lawmakers are arguing for treating the remaining suspect as an enemy combatant, which would break new legal ground; the national gun bill fails to pass, with Senator Ayotte being the lone New England Senator to oppose the bill; the casino bill backed by Governor Hassan and the NH Senate is now being examined by the NH House Finance and Ways & Means committees; both branches of the NH Legislature continue to work on their budgets.

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Politics
10:05 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Governor Pushes For Casino At House Hearing

The casino legislation endorsed by the New Hampshire Senate and strongly backed by governor Maggie Hassan got its first hearing in the New Hampshire House Tuesday.

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9:44 am
Mon April 15, 2013

On The Political Front For April 15

John H. Sununu announces he will not challenge Jeanne Shaheen in the 2014 US Senate race; former Senator Scott Brown visited New Hampshire this weekend, but is not saying yet if he intends to make a Senate run in NH; other possibilities for 2014 include Frank Guinta and Jeb Bradley.

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