First, a federal appellate court heard information last week about how the GOP's Congressional redistricting plan might violate the Voting Rights Act.
Now, the Department of Justice has weighed in with exactly that concern. Gee, who the fuck this side of a GOP wingnut couldn't see that coming down the pike? Even if it passes the DC Court of Appeals, the court in San Antonio that held the hearing could still nix the map.
So, the wingnuts did this after passing an austerity budget for the state, with many of them knowing a court battle would ensue, the state would spend money on it, and lose, and then have to spend more money redoing redistricting.
That's Texas of today for you. Still waiting for Tricky Rick Perry to comment one way or the other.