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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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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

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The coming Trump-Bannon divorce

Steve Bannon has achieved what no one thought possible. He delivered a Senate seat in Alabama to the Democrats — a more meaningful accomplishment than half of the Democrats in the Senate will have in their lifetimes. Published December 13, 2017

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 6, 2006 file photo, Judge Roy Moore stands with his wife, Kayla, after conceding the governor's race to Gov. Bob Riley, in Gadsden, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Moore, Franken, Conyers must all step down

In the end, Hollywood superproducer Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for his (alleged) sexual crimes far more than for his films. Published November 22, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, walks to a closed-door security briefing at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP must get past personal feuds to score some policy wins

This week's shiny object of distraction is two Republican senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, expressing sharp and personal criticism of President Trump. Their attacks come on top of the criticism that fellow GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer, has been leveling at Mr. Trump for weeks. Published October 25, 2017

Claire McCaskill's crusade could hurt Native American rights

Let's establish an important legal concept and set the context. The legal term "sovereign immunity," according to the Wex Legal Dictionary, means that "the government cannot be sued without its consent." This doctrine has applied to the federal government, states, public universities and Native American tribes for many years. Published October 18, 2017

An USA hat hangs from a flag that makes up part of a memorial on the backyard fence of Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Von Tillow Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Cameron Park, Calif. Von Tillow, 55, was at Sunday's concert with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and other family members when the shooting started, KCRA reported. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

No easy solution to prevent the next mass shooting

An overwhelming majority of us would be delighted to identify a policy or law that would prevent mass killing incidents. But the problem does not lend itself to an easy solution. Published October 4, 2017

President Donald Trump talks with reporters about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump takes leadership reins, pushes top items of agenda

First, President Trump marshalled the full attention and focus of the federal government in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, winning broad praise for the federal government's response. Criticism has not come, despite the size and scope of the storms and the harsh partisan atmosphere. Published September 20, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump sets clock for tax reform with unexpected move

The combination of the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution made it combustible, with the political reality that the party in power will be held responsible for keeping government open and functioning, particularly in the aftermath of a major natural disaster. Published September 13, 2017