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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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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign stop, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Democratic presidential race still wide open

One month ago, I thought Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the front-runner to be the Democratic presidential nominee, thinking she had an excellent chance to win Iowa and New Hampshire and run away with the nomination, carried by momentum and enthusiasm. Published December 4, 2019

This photo shows a search for political ads that were on Facebook displayed on a computer screen Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in New York. Twitter's ban on political advertising is ratcheting up the pressure on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to follow suit. Zuckerberg doubled down on Facebooks approach in a call with analysts Wednesday, Oct. 30, he reiterated Facebooks stance that political speech is important." (AP Photo/Richard Drew) **FILE**

Competitors challenge Facebook's liberal bias

Facebook sets arbitrary rules for what we can see and has the ability to hide certain messages by not promoting posts the site disagrees with through their algorithms. Facebook has far more ability to silence us than the government. Published November 13, 2019

This Aug. 25, 2018, photo shows beds and other equipment being assembled in an ICU room in the Lee County Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va. Virginia's westernmost county had appeared to be on track to reopen its only hospital, a rare accomplishment a rural community anywhere in the country. But questions involving the company expected to run the Lee County facility have thrown the plan into question at the last minute. (AP Photo/Earl Neikirk)

The hidden cause of the health care access crisis

When the federal government (rarely) looks to cut costs, it often focuses on the lowest-profile line items. These are the easiest to cut. But in many cases, these programs offer benefits well beyond their annual budgets. Published October 30, 2019

 In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, the company announced it will voluntarily stop selling its fruit and dessert-flavored vaping pods. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) **FILE**

Juul makes mockery of vaping flavor ban

Apart from the mint and menthol flavors, Juul is ending the sale of all other flavored products. This may appear to be a significant concession, but it's not. Published October 23, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses a gathering of the South Carolina Democratic Party on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Pelosi allowing sham process to undermine impeachment

Let me see if I understand the Democratic position on impeachment: They have begun an impeachment inquiry because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says so. The House of Representatives has not authorized it. Published October 9, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., steps away from a podium after reading a statement announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

After failing on Russia, Democrats try a new hoax

If we have learned anything over the last six days, as the feeding frenzy over the whistleblower has overtaken official Washington, it is this: Democrats want to impeach President Trump and they do not care if the facts support their cause. Published September 25, 2019

In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, a traveler pushes his luggage beneath large Chinese flags hanging from the ceiling in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. China has on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, issued a travel warning for the U.S., saying Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) **FILE**

China poses public health threat to U.S.

The trade dispute between the U.S. and China has rightly earned worldwide attention, as the two largest economies in the world place tariffs on specific goods. Published August 14, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernard Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are running on a far-left platform and it's causing a rift with moderates in the party. (Associated Press)

The Democrats' civil war is heating up

Republicans are watching Democrats tear themselves to shreds with a feeling of glee. It wasn't that long ago that Republicans were doing the same thing, when the tea party movement rose up and forced divisive primary elections. Published July 31, 2019