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Florida Democrats rip Sanders over Venezuela comments

Senator Bernie Sanders.
Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Florida Democrats are increasingly frustrated with Bernie Sanders’ unwillingness to recognize Nicolás Maduro as a dictator and accept opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate president, according to a new Politico report Thursday.

Why it matters: The humanitarian and economic crises in the South American nation have dominated the political conversation in the country’s largest swing state. Republicans are seizing on the issue and President Trump, who is pushing Maduro to step aside, recently visited Miami where he sought to make inroads with Venezuelan-Americans and other Democratic-leaning Latinos who have fled Venezuela's authoritarian regime.

Tennessee governor apologizes for Confederate uniform in yearbook

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) admitted and apologized on Thursday for wearing a Confederate uniform at an "Old South" party as a student at Alabama's Auburn University, which was published in the Kappa Alpha section of his 1980 college yearbook, reports the Tennessean.

"I never intentionally acted in an insensitive way, but with the benefit of hindsight, I can see that participating in that was insensitive and I’ve come to regret it."
— Lee told the publication in a statement.

The backdrop: The Tennessean reports that Lee’s office initially said it had no knowledge of the Confederate garb photo. This comes weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring came under fire after revelations that they both wore blackface during college. Both Democrats, Northam and Herring, have rejected calls to resign.

North Carolina board calls for new election in disputed House race

North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year.
North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday voted to call a new election for the state's 9th congressional district amid evidence of ballot-tampering.

Why it matters: This comes days after the board said its investigation found evidence that a political operative working on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris had coordinated an "unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme," including efforts of a cover-up.

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