On the Monday edition of the Chad Hasty Show, GOP strategist and co-founder of MustReadTexas.com Matt Mackowiak joined Chad Hasty to discuss the latest in state and national issues.

In Texas news, Bryan Hughes has dropped out of the Texas speaker race and officially endorsed David Simpson. Mackowiak said that Hughes was not getting the traction he needed to beat incumbent speaker John Straus, but he noted it won't exactly be a slam dunk for Simpson either.

"[Simpson] is going to have to win three-quarters or two-thrids of the Republicans in the House to have a chance. And Straus will have to lose some Democrats. We'll see how this goes. It's a question of whether he can get the momentum and build a coalition that's large enough to really make this serious."

In national news, Mackowiak discussed how important it was for Republican to hold steady in their resolve to not raise taxes. He warned that, although they are in a tough spot right now, Republicans cannot cave in to Democrat pressure and need to stand up for budget cuts and keeping taxes low. Mackowiak also discussed the impact of Senator Jim DeMitt leaving the Senate.

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