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
5:02 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

N.H. House Backs Medical Marijuana 286-64

Medical marijuana bills have cleared both chambers of the legislature twice in recent years, only to be vetoed by former Governor John Lynch. But proponents say this plan, which would authorize 5 dispensaries and permit patients or caregivers to grow 3 plants, a careful one. Steve Schmidt, a Republican from Wolfeboro, stressed that allowing medical marijuana doesn't mean N.H would be inviting the problems seen in some other states.  

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NH News
4:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Two Police Unions Back Casino

The N.H. Troopers Association and the N.H. Police Association see a casino on the Massachusetts border as a way to boost law enforcement budgets.

Both unions have supported casino bills in the past, and at a morning news conference they said they don’t expect that position to change. Seth Cooper is President of the Troopers Association.

“It is our view belief that sb152 is a good plan for the state of NH, and will assist the funding of vital services for this state.”

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Politics
10:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

On The Political Front For March 18

Some key votes are coming up within a busy House docket: the tobacco tax increase, expected to pass, but at less than the Governor's proposed level; freezing the second phase of the Voter ID law, halting provisions set to take effect this fall that would eliminate some of the current acceptable forms of identification, namely college students' school IDs; a change of the "Stand Your Ground" law, reinstating the requirement that people make an effort to retreat before using deadly force.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Kills Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Last year, the GOP-dominated House twice passed bills to require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortions. Neither ended up clearing the state senate.  But with Democrats now controlling the House, this measure, which critics called theologically driven, was voted down 229-121. Rep. Sylvia Gale (D-Nashua) spoke for many when she told colleagues lawmakers should butt out when it comes to abortion.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

N.H. May See Bump In Tobacco Settlement Money

The deal ended the dispute between 17 states and tobacco companies over payment amounts under 1998's master settlement agreement that requires cigarette makers to help states cover the medical costs of sick smokers. At issue, is money tobacco companies had withheld on the grounds that states were not forcing non-participating companies to pay into escrow, as required under the 46-state settlement. The total value of the new agreement is $4b, but Deputy attorney general Ann Rice says NH's piece is small.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gambling Referendum Goes To Salem Voters

Voters in Salem will weigh in on a non-binding referendum on whether the town should host a Casino. The measure is expected to pass. Backers like Larry Belair, a former State Representative with the local pro- gambling group NH Casino now, expect well above majority support.

“I am hoping we can get a 2 to 1 vote, something we can take up to the legislature and say look we are clearly ready and willing to be a host community for this thing. “

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Politics
9:35 am
Mon March 11, 2013

On The Political Front For March 11

The casino proposal faces its first major vote this week, is expected to pass in the Senate; the gas tax comes before the House Ways & Means Committee; medical marijuana legislation may have new life with Governor Hassan in the corner office; the House works on a revised budget.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Gas Tax Passes First Hurdle In The House

The New Hampshire House has voted 207 to 163 to hike the tax on gas and diesel fuel 15 cents per gallon.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Readies For Charged Vote On Gas Tax

As the NH house readies to vote on a 15 cent increase to the state’s gas tax, Former house speaker Bill O’Brien is pushing to ensure all gas tax money pays for infrastructure.  

Former House speaker Bill O’Brien knows something about diverting gas tax revenue to pay for things other than roads. The state budget he passed as speaker did just that, as so have pretty much every state budget in memory.

But now, as the House stands ready to increase gas taxes for the first time since 1991, O'Brien says it’s time for the practice to stop.

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Politics
8:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

On The Political Front For March 4

Votes are expected in the House this week on whether the state will allow the building of one casino, as outlined in Governor Hassan's budget, and the proposed raise to the gas tax; The House Finance Committee gets to work on the budget.

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NH News
2:34 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hassan Pushes Casino (And Pushes Back On Report)

Governor Maggie Hassan's latest pitch for a single casino along the Massachusetts border is that it's the logical next step in New Hampshire’s long history of state-sanctioned gambling.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

N.H. Signs On To Briefs Defending Same-Sex Marriage

New Hampshire has signed on to two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court defending the right for same-sex couples to marry.

The briefs encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and California’s Proposition 8.

“Because encouraging strong marriages for loving couples strengthens families and communities. We are urging the Supreme Court to strike down these discriminatory measures because all New Hampshire married couples should receive fair and equal treatment from the federal government,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Gas Tax Critics Pounce On Campbell's Email Comments

Rep. David Campbell
Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a plan to increase the gas tax by 15 cents, the bill’s lead sponsor is working to undo the damage of an email he sent top Democrats where he called the gas tax increase “a gift that keeps on giving.”

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NH News
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

GOP Files Complaint Seeking Budget Detail; Hassan Says She's Working On It

Governor Maggie Hassan says her administration is still preparing budget documents state law required her to present to lawmakers 10 days ago.

At issue is what’s known as HB2, that’s the bill that implements the policies in any state budget. Governor Hassan says its in the works.

"We are working on the document, its being drafted."

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NH News
2:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hassan Says N.H. Needs To Prepare For Cuts

Governor Maggie Hassan says the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester “may very well happen.”

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