For Abbott, a Legal Fight and a Political Bonanza

The U.S. Justice Department’s request to keep Texas under federal oversight when it comes to election laws is drawing predictable responses from Texas politicians.

Republicans think it stinks. Democrats think it smells pretty good.

In political terms, it’s a little more complicated.

It was a political gift to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is hoping to be the next governor of Texas. As a talking point, there’s nothing better for a Texas Republican right now than a fight with the Obama administration, and this one — unlike, say, the federal Affordable Care Act — belongs first and ...

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