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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

** FILE ** Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro. (Associated Press)

Exploiting nonexistent 'lost children' in a bid to win an election

Unless you have been comatose for the past week, it is highly likely that you have seen a statistic or a headline that would lead you to believe that the Trump administration has lost track of nearly 1,500 illegal immigrant children. If true, such a report would be absolutely horrifying. But as with much of what we read, quite simply, it is not true. Published May 30, 2018

FILE - This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. American Dental Association on Monday, March 26, 2018, said it is pressing for seven-day prescription limits and mandatory education that encourages using other painkillers. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) **FILE**

Shut down pipelines from Mexico, China to combat opioid crisis

Last October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis in America a "national health emergency" and said his administration is working to address the crisis. But the epidemic is rapidly getting worse. And we are beginning to learn why. Published May 2, 2018

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