Alabama has known shame before, deep, embedded embarrassment that lingers like a chronic disease. But nothing since the days of George Wallace and Bull Connor has shrouded Alabama with as much shame as the anti-abortion bill Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday.

The Army closed Fort Devens, about an hour’s drive from Boston, in 1996. It closed Fort McClellan three years later. The unmistakable redevelopment differences that separate these two former military posts remain firmly in place. And the reasons are clear.

Alabama’s prisons are cesspools of violence, rape, black-market commerce, extortion, suicide and mismanagement. They’re understaffed and overwhelmed. Alabamians have heard that condemnation with alarming regularity from journalists, activists and most recently the U.S. Department of Justice.…

Alabama doesn’t need a statewide lottery. It needs better public schools and lower poverty rates and properly run prisons and improved infrastructure and a host of other things — some massive, others less so but nonetheless important. But a lottery isn’t a must-have.

Alabama Sen. Del Marsh says he’s not running for Congress. “I’m not running, and I’ve not made any plans to run,” he has told The Star. That may tamp down the swirls of conjecture. But it doesn’t answer this question: What’s up with Del Marsh?

Should irredeemable Roy Moore run for Congress, he’ll back Alabama Republicans into a dark corner from which escape will require Election Day risk or luck, or perhaps both. What would Alabama Republicans rather have: Moore in Congress or U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Birmingham, re-elected?

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