Feb 2, 2019

Milwaukee called favorite for Democratic National Convention

2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Milwaukee is the odds-on favorite for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Politico Playbook reports. Houston and Miami are the other finalists.

Pluses for Milwaukee: Wisconsin was one of the vital heartland states that put Donald Trump over the top in 2016, and midterm results showed it's very winnable by Dems in 2020. DNC Chair Tom Perez also has a personal connection, Politico points out: "His wife went to high school there and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The two were also married in Milwaukee."

A minus for Milwaukee: It has nowhere the hotel space of the other two remaining contenders.

What's next: A decision should be made public in the next two to three weeks, per Politico.

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Scoop: Amazon's local podcast play

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Amazon is looking to invest in localized podcast content, like news and sports, sources tell Axios. Sports content is top of mind as the company plans to buy up more TV rights and have adjacent audio content for users.

Why it matters: Amazon sees a strategic advantage in podcasts by leveraging Alexa voice tech to help users discover personalized content.

The oil stakes of Trump vs. Biden

Reproduced from Rapidan Energy Group; Chart: Axios Visuals

U.S. oil production is in a steep decline, but one question is how much November's elections will affect how much it does — or doesn't — bounce back.

Why it matters: The powerful price and demand headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic are creating a financial crisis in the oil patch.

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