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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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Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway has given up her bid to be a New Hampshire Superior Court judge.

Gov. Chris Sununu's nomination of Conway had come under scrutiny over multiple issues.

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New Hampshire’s top election official paid a visit – remotely – to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify against a sweeping Democratic election law bill backed by the state’s entire congressional delegation.

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New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard has apologized for using a vulgarity to refer to a female lawmaker while presiding over the House session Friday in Bedford.

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The New Hampshire House has voted for two bills that aim to guarantee that houses of worship can remain open during states of emergence.

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The New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to give lawmakers more say in future states of emergency.

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State primary elections would be held in late June rather than early September under a bill passed Thursday by the Republican-led New Hampshire House.

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The New Hampshire House has passed its version of the state budget, a $13.6 billion dollar spending plan that Republicans call a prudent response to the pandemic and which Democrats say will harm the vulnerable.

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The New Hampshire House passed a state budget along party lines Wednesday, but the sharpest debate, and closest vote, of the day came on part of the budget unrelated to finances.

The New Hampshire House meets this week to vote on dozens of bills, prime among them is a state budget full of conservative policies.

The conservative budget plan reflects the fact that Republicans now enjoy unified control of the New Hampshire State House. But beyond that, the party's health is less clear.

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The New Hampshire Bar Association is raising concerns about Gov. Chris Sununu’s latest pick to join the state superior court: Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway.

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The New Hampshire House will vote this week on its state budget proposal. The Republican written plan differs in key ways from the spending plan proposed by Gov. Chris Sununu. And it includes policies Sununu says he would veto.

NHPR's Rick Ganley spoke with senior political reporter Josh Rogers about the policy and the politics behind the House budget plan.

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The New Hampshire Senate has given its unanimous backing to a bill that would implement some recommendations from Gov. Chris Sununu's commission on police accountability and transparency. But the final bill removes a requirement that police departments in the state collect racial information about people they arrest, search or stop. It also scrapped adding racial identifiers to driver's licenses.

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New Hampshire’s top election official says the sweeping voting rights bill backed by Congressional Democrats, including the entire state delegation, could endanger New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

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Budget writers in the New Hampshire House are making some key decisions -- on policy and tactics -- as they work to meet deadlines to get a spending plan out the door.

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A rally in Concord against anti-Asian racism drew several hundred to the State House plaza Sunday. 

Across the country, people have been mourning the deaths of eight people in shootings in Atlanta, six of them women of Asian descent.

The gathering in Concord was organized by the Asian American & Pacific Islander caucus of the state Democratic party and the progressive activist group, Kent Street Coalition.

Nashua State Representative Latha Mangipudi was one of those who addressed the crowd. She said she could not be silent, and called for social equality.

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John Formella, Gov. Chris Sununu's pick to be New Hampshire's next attorney general, made the case for his qualifications during his confirmation hearing before the Executive Council Thursday.

Formella, who is 34 and has been Sununu’s legal counsel for the past four years, said that despite limited courtroom experience, he's ready to serve as the state's top law enforcement official.

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John Formella, Gov. Chris Sununu’s pick to become New Hampshire’s next attorney general, will have a hearing before the Executive Council Thursday. In some ways, that hearing will be the biggest stage the 34-year old lawyer has ever occupied.

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A State House committee has endorsed moving New Hampshire's state primary date to late June, three months earlier than its current September date. The Republican-authored bill, which passed the House Election Law Committee along party lines Wednesday, is opposed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who says the state primary should remain where it is.

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A Republican state representative is apologizing for calling LGTBQ sexuality "deviant" during a legislative hearing this week. The lawmaker, Dick Marston, said he never intended to cause offense, but said there is no excuse for what he said.

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Republicans in the New Hampshire Senate voted to advance a bill Thursday that would add new identification requirements to the state’s absentee balloting process, over the objections of disability rights advocates and others who warned it would create unnecessary burdens on voters who cannot easily obtain the necessary documentation.

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Gordon MacDonald will be sworn in Thursday as the new chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. For MacDonald, who until recently was New Hampshire's attorney general, this day was a long time coming.

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Gov. Chris Sununu is nominating his current legal counsel, John Formella, to serve as New Hampshire's next Attorney General.

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A week after voting to lift sanctions and reverse fines for businesses that flout state COVID guidance, the New Hampshire House is considering more bills aimed at undercutting the governor's emergency powers.

N.H. state representatives meeting in person at a Bedford sports facility Feb. 24, 2021
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COVID-19 loomed over Wednesday’s meeting of the New Hampshire House.

Lawmakers met in Bedford at the 50,000 square foot NH Sportsplex, to keep social distance. 

The session opened with Merrimack Republican Jeanine Notter offering a teary recollection of former Speaker Dick Hinch, who died of the coronavirus in December, a week after winning the speaker’s gavel.

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A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge by Democrats to force New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard to allow lawmakers with disabilities to attend House sessions remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Chris Sununu handed off his state budget to the House Finance Committee Wednesday, stressing what he called the plan’s “balance.”

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Gov. Chris Sununu has nominated Eddie Edwards, a one-time Republican congressional candidate with a background in state and local law enforcement to be the next assistant commissioner at the Department of Safety.

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Democrats in the New Hampshire House want a federal judge to force Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard to allow legislators with serious health conditions to attend next weeks’ House session remotely.

N.H. House members meeting outside in December, 2020.
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The 400-member New Hampshire House has found a new place to meet indoors later this month, but the Legislature's top Democrat is threatening legal action to allow lawmakers who don't want to meet in person due to COVID-19 the right to participate remotely.

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There was full remote attendance during the most recent meeting of the New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee. But one lawmaker, Committee Chairman Norm Major explained, would not be allowed to vote during the hearing.

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