Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez has reportedly narrowed down potential Democratic National Convention locations to Houston, Miami, and Milwaukee, with party members saying Milwaukee is in the lead. Yet "a fierce debate has unfolded behind the scenes" as the decision is finalized. The convention is bound to infuse the local economy with millions of dollars, but organizers are reportedly concerned that Milwaukee doesn't have enough high-end hotels or large enough facilities for top-dollar donors who will travel to the city of choice. Houston and Miami would have no problem providing luxury accommodations, but local politics and the prevalence of oil-industry money in Houston and hurricane season in Miami are deterrents. Republicans set their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, eight months ago.
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