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The Department of Justice has joined forces with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in the fight against the GOP-drawn voting maps. It has also announced that it will challenge the state's voter ID law in a separate case.

We speak with University of the Incarnate Word Professor Gary Keith, who wrote the book "Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas," about the fight to redistrict in Texas.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.

Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is  a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.

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Winding down his ten-city tour of the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Greg Abbott said he is out to win the Hispanic vote in Texas.

Abbott ended his initial statewide campaign in Austin by saying he’s been connected to the Hispanic community for over 30 years. Abbot, whose wife is Latina, said he wants to reach out and connect the racial diversity in the state.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.

Texas Matters: This week's show is literally a literary lament (in one way or another). First, an interview with author Jeffrey Stuart Kerr about how Austin came to become the capitol. Crying foul over redistricting in Texas isn't exclusive to the Democratic party, as it is today, the story of the Republican party's go of it is covered in a new book edited by Gary Keith. Finally, Tom Walker, a writer based in San Antonio, talks about "Signed Confessions," a collection of short stories based on themes of guilt and desperation.

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