As a push by the Las Vegas Sands to legalize casinos in Texas moves forward, the potential for that to become a reality becomes clearer as Gov. Greg Abbott — who has long opposed the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe’s Naskila Gaming facility near Livingston — suddenly finds himself singing a different tune.

It’s a convoluted situation, but one that basically boils down to a conflict between two federal laws, one of which says the tribe can operate a gaming facility and another one that says it can’t.