Joe Battenfeld, Boston Herald

Joe Battenfeld

Boston Herald

Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Joe:

Battenfeld: Ayanna Pressley emerges as most far left Democrat in Massachusetts

She’s to the left of Elizabeth Warren and now in danger of becoming a fringe voice in Congress. → Read More

Battenfeld: Democrats push to strip New Hampshire of its first in the nation primary

After clinging on to its top perch for decades, New Hampshire is finally in danger of losing its first in the nation primary in 2024 - the victim of politics and Democratic diversity. → Read More

Battenfeld: Michelle Wu facing growing threat of dangerous, illegal dirt bikes

Battenfeld: When it comes to the growing threat of illegal dirt bikes, it’s a tale of two cities, and two mayors. → Read More

Battenfeld: Michelle Wu accuses critics of ‘harassment’ in feud with North End restaurant owners

While closing off a press conference to some North End restaurant owners, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is escalating her feud with critics on social media - accusing them of harassing and bullying tactics. → Read More

Battenfeld: Overrated and unwatchable St. Patrick’s Day roast returns

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day breakfast roast returns on Sunday in person after a three-year hiatus, which was a welcome break from the self-serving “jokes” and stunts that we’ve been subjected to for the last few decades. → Read More

Battenfeld: Maura Healey's move to the left predictable but clashes with reality

Attorney General Maura Healey’s completely predictable move to the left is designed to ward off her liberal Democratic challengers but it clashes with reality and may come with a cost in a general election. → Read More

Battenfeld: With no help from Charlie Baker, Massachusetts lawmakers finally relent on reopening Statehouse

With no help from a useless Gov. Charlie Baker, state lawmakers finally ran out of excuses and will reopen the Statehouse even though they still view the building as their private domain. → Read More

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker’s mask lift for schools won’t make the controversy go away

Despite the Republican governor's pronouncement, teachers remain strongly opposed to the decision while some schools may choose to keep the mask mandate - and that could trigger even more outrage among parents’ groups eager to see the masks go. → Read More

Battenfeld: Tom Brady future in politics? He would get sacked

Brady would be torn up and spit out in politics. You think dodging NFL linemen is tough? Just wait until cancel culture gets a hold of you. → Read More

Battenfeld: Massachusetts politicians scurrying like … well, you know

Massachusetts is one of only ten states with a full-time legislature, if you can even call it that. The reality is that it’s a part-time gig, and many legislators hold other jobs. → Read More

Boston unions, blizzard ratchet up pressure on Michelle Wu to do her job: Battenfeld

The rookie mayor has had to dodge cowbells and bull horns blaring at her Roslindale house and now she’s got bigger troubles ahead, including a court ruling blocking her mandates and an historic bomb-cyclone blizzard that will test her young administration’s response to clear the streets. → Read More

Public needs answers, accountability for deadly MBTA train collision, drawbridge incident

If these acts of deadly incompetence don’t shake your confidence in the state transportation system, then nothing will. → Read More

Joe Biden and Ukraine gaffe now comes at expense of U.S. troops

It’s clear now this administration’s reactive policies are a disaster and it’s a major reason why Joe Biden’s one of the most unpopular presidents in history. → Read More

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