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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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Merrimack State Rep. Dick Hinch is a step closer to becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House, after the incoming GOP caucus unanimously backed him to be their leader during a meeting in Manchester.  

Hinch has led House Republicans for six years as Majority leader when the House was last under GOP control, and as Minority Leader when Democrats reclaimed the majority in 2018.

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Gov. Chris Sununu imposed a statewide mask mandate effective Friday, the state’s most sweeping response to the coronavirus pandemic in months. The policy came the same day that New Hampshire health officials announced a record for new daily COVID-19 infections in the state.

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Republicans and Democrats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives will choose their parties' leaders this week.

A key early question for those elected will be how to conduct business during the ongoing pandemic. The State House has been largely closed to lawmakers since March.

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A mining company with ties to the family of Gov. Chris Sununu is poised to gain financially after a brokered settlement of an armed conflict between the nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The company, Anglo Asian Mining, is partially owned by former Gov. John H. Sununu, father of the current governor. 

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While Democrats won every federal race on the New Hampshire ballot last week, Republicans were the big winners on the state level. That includes gaining new majorities in the state House of Representatives, state Senate and the Executive Council.

And that's led to some soul searching and finger pointing within the state Democratic Party in recent days about what went wrong and how to address it. 

Representative Dick Hinch.
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Republican gains at the New Hampshire State House are paving the way for new leaders. The incoming Senate majority is uniting behind behind Sen. Chuck Morse of Salem, while at least two Republicans will vie to be Speaker of the House.

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In some ways, New Hampshire’s election results amount to a ringing endorsement of the status quo in state politics. Incumbents Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster all won reelection to their seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress. And Gov. Chris Sununu easily won a third term.

Governor Chris Sununu talks to supporters in Newfields on Election Day 2020.
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Gov. Chris Sununu has won election to a third term as New Hampshire governor. The Newfields Republican called his victory a mandate on his management skills and his promise to stay faithful to core GOP principles of limited government and local control.

Voter checking in at polls
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Police departments across the state say they are taking extra precautions for Election Day. The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has advised communities to station one officer at every polling place and to deploy two officers at polling places known to be busy.

There is a lot on the country's plate right now: a pandemic, economic disruption, a racial justice crisis, and serious climate change threats.

All are getting some attention on the New Hampshire campaign trail in 2020, but so too are the issues of income taxes and abortion, which animate every election here regardless of who is running.

Mowers and Pappas
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Campaigns for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional Distict seat tend to get testy. It’s among the most closely divided districts in the nation, swinging back and forth between Democrats and Republicans nearly every two years for more than a decade.

This year is no different.

Messner for Senate campaign

Gov. Chris Sununu may be seeking a third term in the corner office, but he’s spending a good deal of his political energy these days boosting other candidates.  To see some of that in action, you don’t even need to leave your couch.

Supporters cheer for President Trump in Manchester Sunday.
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Recalling what he described as his “beautiful win” in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican Primary, President Trump told a raucous crowd at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Sunday that “we are going to keep it going” by winning on Election Day next week.

Photo of Vice President Mike Pence in Portsmouth, N.H.
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After Vice President Mike Pence touched down for a rally at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, he stressed core conservative issues – and the economy.

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Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running for a third term this year against challenger Republican Corky Messner. Shaheen is a former governor of New Hampshire, whose political career in the Granite State spans decades, while Messner, a 63-year-old Army veteran and attorney, recently moved to the state from Colorado.

NHPR senior political reporter Josh Rogers spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about Messner’s background and whether New Hampshire roots really matter in campaigns.

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The New Hampshire Republican Party says college students attending school remotely during the pandemic and who don’t have a current New Hampshire address shouldn’t be allowed to register to vote or request absentee ballots.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Feltes has raised more money than Governor Chris Sununu has over the past month. But with election day less than three weeks away, Sununu maintains a large cash advantage.

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Feltes has raised $290,000 since September 16. His haul since getting into the race now tops $1.4 million.

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A Superior Court judge has affirmed Gov. Chris Sununu's power to spend $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid without legislative oversight.

In his ruling Tuesday, Judge David Anderson wrote that the governor was not seeking authority to unilaterally spend money from the state treasury, rather he is claiming authority to spend money received through an act of Congress.

Gov. Chris Sununu, R-N.H.
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Gov. Chris Sununu has declined to join most other Republican governors in signing a letter in support of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, Sununu joined GOP governors on similar letters in support of Trump’s previous high court nominations.

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Election Day may be just 24 days away, but one candidate running for New Hampshire governor has already voted, Democrat Dan Feltes, who cast his ballot Friday in Concord.

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In doing so, Feltes will forego the classic Election Day photo op, that of the candidate emerging from a polling place wearing his ‘I voted’ sticker.

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Republican state Sen. Robert Giuda says he’s made a report to the FBI after a woman he traded what he termed “inappropriate” pictures with online tried to extort money.

Giuda says the extra-marital relationship was prompted by a feeling of loneliness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Outside spending has started to pour into the race for New Hampshire governor. It comes as Gov. Chris Sununu enjoys a large cash advantage over Democratic rival Dan Feltes.

Josh Rogers, Todd Bookman

The race for governor between incumbent Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Dan Feltes pits two candidates who have big policy differences on taxes, the economy, energy and much else.

While such differences are expected in a general election for governor, this year's race stands out because of how familiar the two candidates are with each other. 

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Vice President Mike Pence rallied a crowd of several hundred at Laconia Airport Tuesday. As NHPR's Josh Rogers reports, Pence stressed a few core Republican issues when making the case for President Trump's re-election.

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The brewing political fight over President Trump’s intention to quickly fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be centered in Washington and the U.S. Senate. But the political implications are far broader -- including here in New Hampshire.

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Vice President Mike Pence will hold a rally in the Lakes Region Tuesday. Pence’s trip is the latest indication that the Trump campaign sees New Hampshire as a potential battleground.

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The New Hampshire House and Senate kept their social distance Wednesday as they met to take up bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu earlier this year. The Democrat-controlled Legislature failed to override any of Sununu’s 22 vetoes.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Feltes says under the current circumstances he’d reject efforts to commute the sentence of New Hampshire's lone death row inmate. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, that’s not what Feltes, who voted to repeal capital punishment in the state Senate, said in a Democratic primary debate.

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With primary results in the books, party nominees are now setting their sights on November. Candidates in races for New Hampshire governor and Congress are coming out of the gates by touting their support among unions representing firefighters and law enforcement.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello on Thursday, Sept. 10, to discuss the politics behind this year’s endorsement season.

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Former New Hampshire Governor Steve Merrill was remembered at a public memorial service outside the State House Friday as the rare person who combined political skill, intellect and humor in equal measure.

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