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Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak is an Austin and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration.  Matt appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, CBC-TV, and the BBC. From 2007-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth highest ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and from 2005-2007 he served in the same role for three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT).

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi's impeachment conundrum

Nancy Pelosi chose to run for speaker of the House again and now she has a full-blown political challenge that is rapidly worsening. Published June 5, 2019

In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to a crowd during a Women's Rights rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash due to a lawmaker's comments about late-term abortion. Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday, Jan. 30, by describing a hypothetical situation where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Democrats show their extremism on abortion

Roe v. Wade confirmed the right to an abortion in the U.S., but the Supreme Court decision also allowed for restrictions on abortion at the state level. However, it specifically preserved the "life or health of the mother" exception.Democrats have positioned themselves well outside the mainstream on the abortion issue. Published May 22, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

Democrats march left in unison -- over a cliff

If you have a particularly high pain threshold, perhaps you suffered through five consecutive hours of Democratic presidential candidate town halls airing on CNN on Monday night. Published April 24, 2019

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, right, passes a "No Border Wall" sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along roughly 234 miles will not solve the problems. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) **FILE**

Democrats pretend border crisis doesn't exist

President Trump is increasingly frustrated with the southern border, and the reality is that he has limited options. But he continues to consider new ideas to end the crisis. Published April 3, 2019

Attorney General William Barr's letter to Congress putting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the past gives President Trump a chance to advance his agenda. (Associated Press/File)

A brave new world for Trump

The Democratic dream of President Trump being removed from office has died a quick death. Now, he has precious little time to secure new victories. Published March 27, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes a photograph with members of the audience after speaking to the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, amid growing expectations he'll soon announce he's running for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Is third time the charm for Biden?

You can make a pretty strong argument that anyone who so desperately wants to be president of the United States that he would run three times for that office probably does not need that kind of power. Published March 20, 2019

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) **FILE**

New FDA vaping regulation makes no sense

Why would the Trump administration advance a job-killing crony capitalist proposal that will deprive smokers of the right to choose the smoking cessation tool that is best for them? Published March 13, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) **FILE**

Sizing up the 2020 Democratic field

In 2020, Democrats will be able to enjoy an unruly presidential primary, much as Republicans did four years earlier. Published March 6, 2019

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, right, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, smiles as he is joined at left by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the ranking member, during a bipartisan start to a hearing on the high price of prescription drugs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE*

CEOs hide as pressure on drug prices grows

This week, key committees in the House and Senate each held hearings on the rising cost of prescription drugs. In both cases, pharmaceutical CEOs were invited, but declined to testify. Published January 30, 2019