A 1958 U.S. Supreme Court case involving an Alabama law aimed at harassing the NAACP came up during last week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, the federal judge tapped by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

Here’s some friendly advice for new Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the longtime district attorney in Marshall County: Become a loud and active advocate for openness in state government. It’s a good idea, and it might just remove doubts about how you were selected.

“Surreal” was the word of 2016, according to the fine folks at Mirriam-Webster. The Oxford dictionary was in the same ballpark, deciding “post-truth” was the 2016 winner, with “woke” and “alt-right” also in the running.

The same advances in technology that allow these words to be written practically anywhere and read practically anywhere are part of a larger movement that puts serious pressure on the nation’s economy, particularly when it comes to factory jobs.

In June, the Trump campaign informed The Washington Post that its reporters were no longer welcome to cover its candidate. Their credentials to cover Trump events were rescinded.

Following Tuesday’s election, two Alabama natives were on my mind. Both will likely play a role as President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, one likely inside the administration and the other likely challenging it from within the halls of Congress.

In the days after the 1976 presidential election, a few of my elementary school classmates were in a panic. Surely channeling concerns raised by their parents, these boys feared newly elected president Jimmy Carter would soon initiate the mass confiscation of firearms.

Generals are always fighting the last war, goes the old saying. It’s a truism that I expect is being played out by national Democrats and Republicans looking forward to the 2020 presidential primaries.