On the Monday edition of The Chad Hasty Show Matt Mackowiak, GOP strategist and co-founder of MustReadTexas.com, talked with Chad Hasty about the latest national and statewide issues.

In an opinion article for the Austin-American Statesman, Mackowiak advocated for school choice in Texas. He suggested that allowing students and parents in public school to choose which school they would like to attend will help to foster competition in school, which would lead to improvement in Texas public schools.

"Ultimately, this comes down to competition. If you're a parent who has a child fail in school, if you can't afford private school, you have no options. The only school you can send a child to is the school that you're geographically required to send him to. And if you're not one of the wealthy types who can afford private school or can move, you have no choice. Because there's no choice, there's no competition. Because there's no competition, there's no improvement."

Mackowiak also argued that education is the next civil rights issue in America, and said that there's no point in spending tax money on schools that are failing.

Mackowiak also talked about conservatives attempting to cut Speaker Joe Straus's power, but mentioned that since they had little traction during the speaker's race, the efforts probably wouldn't be very successful. Mackowiak also gave his thoughts on gun control and vice-president Joe Biden's recommendation to President Obama on the matter.

You can listen to Matt Mackowiak Mondays at 9:35 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. You can also follow Mackowiak on Twitter: @MattMackowiak.