Monday on The Chad Hasty Show, political analyst and Washington Times columnist Matt Mackowiak joined Chad to share his views on the latest news and politics from Washington and Austin.

Mackowiak and Hasty discussed the importance of tax reform, the fallout stemming from the Joe Straus announcement that he will not run for reelection in the Texas House, and the continuing investigation of Special Council Robert Mueller into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

While discussing the repercussions of the Straus announcement in Texas,

Perhaps as important a development as Straus not running again is Byron Cook not running again, who's the [Texas House] State Affairs [Committee] Chairman, who has really blocked a lot of conservative bills over the past two regular sessions.

Speaking about the Mueller investigation and the announced indictment of former Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, Mackowiak said,

They are building a case here. I don't think this is the end of the Russia inquiry.

Listen to the entire interview with Matt Mackowiak in the video above.

Matt Mackowiak is a political analyst, a columnist for the Washington Times, and is the co-founder of the bipartisan political news blog Must Read Texas. Don't miss Mackowiak's Washington Times podcast, "Mack on Politics".

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