In an Afternoons with Amos exclusive interview, City-County Councilwoman Christine Scales, a two term Republican Councilwoman speaks out on why the Republican leadership of the Council banned her this week from sitting with the other Republican Councilors during their regular caucus sessions. For years Council members of both parties meet in separate caucuses before each Council meeting to get briefed on upcoming issues and discuss amongst themselves critical city/county issues. Republican Council leaders, angry that Scales had voted against their plan to replace Council President Maggie Lewis, and didn’t vote in lockstep with everything proposed by Mayor Greg Ballard, treated her like a contestant on Survivor and voted her off the island; voted her out of their Republican caucus meetings. Scales explained what happened and questioned the legality of the move. Scales has been a strong Republican Councillor, but also independent minded, standing up for issues she believes are in the best interests of residents of her District 4th on the city’s northeast side. An area bounded by 38th/96th/Emerson/Keystone. In the interview, Scales talked with Amos about her district’s concern about rising crime, lack of police presence, rising taxes and fees. Scales also lobbied for one of her pet projects, a special taxing TIF district that would help spur the creation of a needed grocery store in the Meadows neighborhood. Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ Exclusive Interview with Councilwoman Christine Scales. Runs 40 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.