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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).

Latest Podcast Episodes of Matt Mackowiak's Mack On Politics

Articles by Matt Mackowiak

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Democrats reveal rank hypocrisy in opposing Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, spent Easter weekend in Pyongyang, North Korea, on a secret mission to begin preparations for the bilateral meeting that will occur between the two countries, likely in June. Published April 19, 2018

President Donald Trump displays the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package he had just signed, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that "the numbers will speak." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

A vote on middle-class taxes that would expose the Democrats

Easily the single most impressive and meaningful legislative achievement of the Trump presidency to date has been the passage of the historic tax cuts. Even critics of the law must admit that the initial effects of the law have been positive. Published April 4, 2018

Left's derangement raises the stakes for midterm fight

With an overreliance on "breaking news" graphics, the hyping of irrelevant or minor controversies, an obsession with palace intrigue and the deliberate coverage of salacious stories at the expense of policy debates, the national media and the Democratic Party are working hand in hand. Published March 28, 2018

A Texas Democrats sign hangs on a podium at a Democratic watch party following the Texas primary election, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Democrats' blue wave won't reach shore in Texas in 2018

Leading up to Tuesday's Texas primary, there were hundreds of blaring headlines about "Texas turning blue," the every-other-year political head-scratcher about a Democratic resurgence in the Lone Star State that gullible national reporters swallow and regurgitate. Published March 7, 2018

In this March 26, 2015, file photo, then-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks during a panel discussion in Richmond, Va. Voters in Ohio's 2018 elections have their pick of positions on gun rights, among a crowded field of contenders vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) ** FILE **

A sweetheart deal from Obama's rogue consumer finance cops

Approximately 44 million Americans have student loan debt, and during former President Obama's historically weak economic recovery, many borrowers defaulted on their loans, contributing to an economic crisis. Published February 21, 2018

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are greeted as they arrive at a rally for gun control reform on the steps of the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PODCAST: Mack on Politics with guest Stephen Gutowski

Gun control is the subject of this episode, in light of the horrific recent school shooting in Parkland, FL. Our guest is Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski, who covers these issues and is a licensed gun safety instructor. Published February 21, 2018

PODCAST Mack on Politics

PODCAST: Mack on Politics with guest David Purdum

With March Madness looming and a pivotal Supreme Court case ruling around the corner, on the 70th episode we talk exclusively about sports betting with ESPN Staff Writer David Purdum. Published February 21, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks about domestic violence during a working session regarding the opportunity zones provided by tax reform in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Washington. Trump responded to a question and said, "I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind everyone knows that and it almost wouldn't even have to be said." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats discovering cost of mindless resistance to Trump

Democrats have been ferociously opposing President Trump from the first minute he took office, with a campaign of resistance fiercer than anything Presidents Barack Obama or George Bush ever faced. Published February 14, 2018

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a close ally of President Donald Trump who has become a fierce critic of the FBI and the Justice Department, strides to a GOP conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Trump last week declassified a document written by the committee's Republican majority that criticized methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate. Trump said the GOP memo showed the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him in the Russia probe. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hysteria over Nunes memo masks fears of its findings

Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but I wanted to read the memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on possible misuse of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before forming an opinion about it. Published February 7, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said "the great deal-making President sat on the sidelines" during weekend talks to end the government shutdown. (Associated Press)

Schumer's very bad week and the Democratic dilemma

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is having a rough week. After taking his fellow Senate Democrats over a cliff late last week by forcing a shutdown of the federal government, the New Yorker lost the messaging battle to President Trump and congressional Republicans, who stayed united. Why did this fight go against Mr. Schumer? It's simple -- Democrats went into battle already divided. Published January 24, 2018

Police tape marks a secured area of the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington, as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PODCAST: Mack on Politics with guest Liam Donovan

We dig deep into Washington, DC with Liam Donovan, Principal at Bracewell and a former senior staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 65th episode. Published January 19, 2018