Joe Battenfeld, Boston Herald

Joe Battenfeld

Boston Herald

Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Joe:

Battenfeld: Liberal Somerville rejects vaccine passport, putting more heat on Michelle Wu and Boston

Liberal Somerville’s surprise decision to reject a citywide vaccine passport could signal a waning in COVID-19 mandates and leave cities like Boston that have strict mandates more isolated and scrutinized. → Read More

Battenfeld: Maura Healey’s long, tedious gubernatorial announcement and other issues in the race

Is anyone else already tired of these tedious, scripted announcement routines? Maura Healey, who has taken months to make her decision, seems to be following the playbook. → Read More

Tensions rising in Boston over mask mandates as pizza manager gets punched by maskless customer

Tensions are rising across the city in response to the mandates and so-called vaccine passport policy. The assault at Regina Pizzeria is just the latest in a tug of war between the Wu administration, police and city unions over the mandates. → Read More

Battenfeld: Is Michelle Wu ready to face ugly ramifications of her strict vaccine mandate?

The rubber is hitting the road on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s not-so-aptly named “B Together” vaccine mandate - and she might be paying a high political price for her bold policy decisions → Read More

Battenfeld: Good riddance to inept, heavy-handed, biased debate commission

Good riddance to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the haughty “nonpartisan” group of wannabe power players that for decades has controlled the clashes between the major White House contenders. → Read More

Battenfeld: Hillary Clinton just won’t go away, could a 2024 run be looming?

Did you really think Hillary Clinton was going away quietly? Ha. Some Democrats and Clinton supporters are reviving the former first lady and former Secretary of State as a 2024 presidential candidate, and that could make some Massachusetts Dems very nervous → Read More

Battenfeld: The remaking of the Massachusetts Republican Party

The old Massachusetts Republican Party, the wing of Bill Weld and Charlie Baker, has pretty much evaporated for a new, more red meat conservative party. → Read More

Battenfeld: Marty Walsh’s only way out of Biden’s sinking ship

Marty Walsh is like a little kid wearing his first big kid suit – not quite fitting and uncomfortable. → Read More

Battenfeld: PR stunts and sick callouts not helping Massachusetts school kids

Whether it’s unions claiming they’re masks and tests aren’t up to snuff, or Cassellius’ grandstanding performance before fifth graders, all sides in the fight over keeping schools open are trying to win over the public in a sometimes unseemly display that ignores the health of school children. → Read More

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker, teachers, medical experts on collision course over coronavirus

State education officials, medical experts, politicians and teachers’ unions could be on a collision course next year over whether to continue in-person learning at coronavirus-plagued Massachusetts schools. → Read More

Battenfeld: Biden bungles coronavirus testing crisis in a big way

Joe Biden bungled the testing crisis in a way that if Donald Trump had done it it would have prompted a congressional investigation. → Read More

Battenfeld: Biden set for big coronavirus speech, but will a divided nation listen?

President Biden prepares to address the nation as he struggles with all-time low unpopularity and growing unrest in the nation about potential lockdowns and vaccine passports. → Read More

Battenfeld: Maura Healey polling voters before announcing gubernatorial plans

Attorney General Maura Healey, on the cusp of deciding whether to run for governor, is conducting a poll this month - another sign that she’s gearing up for a big race. → Read More

Battenfeld: Elizabeth Warren earns new title from Elon Musk– ‘Senator Karen’

Leave it to richest-man-in-the-world and Time magazine person of the year Elon Musk to describe perfectly what Liz Warren is all about. → Read More

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker’s pass on a third term looking better by the day

Charlie Baker’s decision to pass on a third term is looking smarter by the day. → Read More

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker under pressure to take action to handle coronavirus surge

Gov. Charlie Baker faces renewed pressure to take more action to help deal with the alarming surge in COVID-19 in Massachusetts after several other states mobilized the National Guard or closed schools to in-person learning to handle the crisis. → Read More

Battenfeld: Rachael Rollins confirmation comes with political price for Biden

Faster than you can say “nolle prosequi,” Sen. Ted Cruz made it clear that the Suffolk County District Attorney would be the GOP’s Exhibit A for “left wing prosecutors” who look the other way while criminals get off scot free in “Joe Biden’s America.” → Read More

Battenfeld: Watch for these signs of Charlie Baker contracting lame duck disease

Now that Charlie Baker has passed on a third term, voters need to keep a careful watch for signs of a serious condition that afflicts all lame duck governors. → Read More

Battenfeld: Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh would face no easy path in run for Massachusetts governor

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is the big wild card in the suddenly wide open 2022 Democratic gubernatorial contest. → Read More

Battenfeld: Baker avoids bloody and challenging GOP primary

Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito get out ahead of the game – before they’re tortured by conservatives in a bloody primary. → Read More