Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Protecting Your Right to Say No

Protecting Your Right to Say No

At this moment in the State of Georgia, as a business owner and a private citizen, you have the right to say “no” to just about anything. For a few more minutes, anyway. I am going to put aside the specifics of Georgia’s recently vetoed Religious Liberty Bill (HB 757), also known as the Free Exercise […]

Months-Long Feud Led to Deadly Riot

Months-Long Feud Led to Deadly Riot

The conflicts that led to last Friday’s deadly riot in South Augusta had been brewing for months, and were centered around the amorous activities of one particularly defiant teenage girl. Investigators and officials close to the case tell me the Glenn Hills High School student apparently generated a massive amount of ill will and conflict […]

Open Primaries Are Insane

Open Primaries Are Insane

If the 2016 primary season has brought us one lesson, it is that for the sake of the integrity of the American political system, the major political parties must close their primary elections. I have no idea how Donald Trump is going to finish out his run for the Republican presidential nomination, but if he […]

Trump Hyperbole Ridiculous and Silly

Trump Hyperbole Ridiculous and Silly

“Donald Trump is the worst person to ever run for any office, ever.” — Typical quote, from a typical editorial, from a typical American newspaper run about a gazillion times in the last six months.   I do not come to praise Donald Trump, but I do not come to bury him in a two-ton […]

Getting Away with Murder, and Looking Good Doing It

Getting Away with Murder, and Looking Good Doing It

I have to hand it to Media General, the parent company of Augusta’s WJBF-TV, Channel 6. They appear to have pulled off one of the sneakiest media maneuvers ever made in the Augusta market, while making their innocent competitors look like schmucks in the process. While the evil spirit of Simon Legree may be somewhere […]

District 13 or Augusta Commission? You Decide.

District 13 or Augusta Commission? You Decide.

Folks, I yield my column space this week to my dear sister-in-law, Leah Guillebeau Cassell. She is one of the smartest women I know and, as you can see here, fiercely loyal and impeccably well spoken. She posted this on her Facebook page in the wake of Tuesday’s hideous Augusta Commission meeting, and the indefensible shenanigans that […]

Fire the Liar, Just Not “Their” Liar

Fire the Liar, Just Not “Their” Liar

Three men are said to be running the show in Augusta municipal government today by sheer force of will, and with several other votes tucked in their pockets: Commissioners Marion Williams, Ben Hasan and Sammie Sias. Those three are reported to be “men on a mission.” Just what that mission happens to be remains a […]

Conservatives Should Be Aggressive

Conservatives Should Be Aggressive

If you ever wondered how national media outlets would handle the use of a profane insult directed at a legitimate news figure by another legitimate news figure let me show you right here from their respective websites: CNN: Donald Trump on Monday night repeated the offensive term a woman attending his rally shouted in reference […]

The Best and the Brightest Audience in Augusta Radio? All Mine!

The Best and the Brightest Audience in Augusta Radio? All Mine!

“Who do you think you are? You can’t say things like that on the radio…” — Unidentified caller to the first Austin Rhodes Show, July 16, 1992 Oh yes you could… and you still can. Successful local talk radio, with an emphasis on CSRA topics and politics, had been virtually absent from the airways when the decision was […]