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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).

Latest Podcast Episodes of Matt Mackowiak's Mack On Politics

Articles by Matt Mackowiak

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

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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

Pollster Scott Rasmussen

PODCAST: Mack on Politics with guest Scott Rasmussen

In this conversation, we delve into the book, examine how polling has changed, evaluate Trump's political standing, look ahead to the midterms and consider what Trump could do to strengthen his position for reelection. Published January 3, 2018

Electoral College member Richard Jones signs his ballot in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. All 18 of Ohio's Electoral College members voted Monday for Republican Donald Trump despite opposition by protesters outside the state capitol building. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Momentum builds for national popular vote

Ask yourself this question: Would our country be better served if our president was elected by national popular vote or by the current system of an Electoral College? Published December 27, 2017

Demonstrators sit on the Senate steps before they are arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Take conservative path forward to aid Dreamers

Despite protests across the country by left-wing activists, it appears that an extension of President Obama's extra-constitutional Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program will not happen before the end of the year. This was the top priority of Democrats. They will fail to achieve it by the deadline they set. Published December 20, 2017