Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 08:20AM
Here are the top POLITICAL headlines from BostonGlobe.com today:
- Democrats prepare for national stage of convention: Thousands of festive Democrats converged on North Carolina and prepared to kick off a convention that will focus heavily on protecting the middle class. Globe Washington bureau chief Chris Rowland reports.
- In speech tonight, Patrick may make mark for 2016: At the Democratic National Convention, many in the party will be assessing Governor Patrick - and other speakers- as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. Globe politics reporter Michael Levenson details.
- Points for both sides in who-built-it debate: For months, Senator Brown and Elizabeth Warren have argued over the role government plays in helping businesses thrive, but the answer is more complex than partisans might acknowledge. Globe political reporter Noah Bierman covers.
- Michelle Obama to address delegates: The first day of the Democratic National Convention will feature a speech from the First Lady regarding the President as a husband, father and leader. Globe correspondent Callum Borchers details.
- Thursday's vote to set rivals in race to replace Frank: Three democrats and three republicans will be vying for their respective nominations on Thursday to run for the legendary Congressman's spot. Globe politics reporter Stephanie Ebbert outlines.
- Supporters of Obama, Romney use extreme rhetoric to criticize opponents: California's Democratic Party chairman likened Paul Ryan's speech to Nazi propaganda while actor Chuck Norris compared President Obama's reelection to "the triumph of evil." Globe correspondent Callum Borchers elaborates.
- Kennedys still a presence despite lack of torchbearer: For the first time in seven decades, the Kennedy family will gather at the DNC without a representative in Congress, but they still plan to be a presence in Charlotte. Globe political reporter Brian MacQuarrie explains.