Smart Moves in D.C. and Other News

A Good God Fit: Look who fell for that NASCAR offer going around. The VroomVroom bunch has been offering one-race sponsorships on its cars at races in Nashville (that my alma mater, WKU, wasted its money on) and now Kentucky, where the Creation Museum figures it can attract/dupe more people into visiting their alternative view of reality by advertising on a race car. [Peter Smith]

Probably Bad News for the NASCAR Crowd and Mitch McConnell: The Senate voted to regulate tobacco as a drug. One report estimates FDA regulation could curb teen smoking by 11 percent, though it probably won’t be as effective in Kentucky. [NY Times]

Hebert’s Bound to Take Credit for This: The U of L Trustees want to extend President James Ramsey’s contract, even though his current deal doesn’t expire for three years. [Courier]

Yarmuth Supports End of Mountaintop Removal: Rep. John Yarmuth today announced that he’s really pumped about the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb mountaintop removal, and reminded his colleagues about the importance of the Clean Water Protection Act, which would further limit the practice. Steps in the right direction. [Yarmuth Release]

Those Girls Again: We’re overdoing this Southern Belles coverage, on purpose, just because. In tonight’s episode, Emily drops the Vegas showgirl look, and Shea’s boyfriend gets some airtime. The trailer is on Emily’s site. [Emily]

Or You Can Listen To This on the Radio: Want to hear about the new anonymous tipline, or the Valley Station post office, and some bad things about Jerry Abramson? Tune in to WKJK 1080 tonight at 7 for Ed Springston’s radio show. His guest this week is Chris Thieneman. [Springston]

Maybe Now He’ll Have Time to Try a Few Cases: Ed Glasscock of Frost, Brown, Todd, who’s involved in the arena and the bridges projects, is stepping down as chair of the Kentucky Center.  [Courier]

Taking Their Best Shot: These Metro Council budget hearings are becoming more of a bitch session for Councilers like Hal Heiner to take it to the parade of department directors working for Jerry Abramson. Today’s victim was Public Works’ Ted Pullen, who wasn’t communicating his plans for stimulus money projects to the MC. [WFPL]