Around the South for September 17th: LA, TN, & KY

Louisiana: Mayor backs off Nike ban.  Kenner mayor Ben Zahn last week reversed an order he had previously made that required all of the city’s recreation department, and booster clubs to refrain from buying Nike merchandise after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial Nike commercial. Zahn cited advice from the city attorney, and national controversy sparked by his decision to reverse the order.  Tennessee: Blackburn takes lead.  Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has retaken the lead in a poll released this week in the US Senate race against former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen. The poll showed Blackburn with a 47%-43% lead, after she had fallen behind Bredesen in the race last month to replace retiring senator Bob Corker.  Kentucky: Bevin supports independent candidate.  Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, is turning against his party’s nominee in a state house district. Bevin is scheduled to be a special guest of independent candidate Stacie Earl at one of her fundraisers. Bevin calls Earl the only true conservative in the race when it comes to education issues, a major concern this year in Kentucky.