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Missouri State Senator Reads 50 Cent’s Book During Filibuster

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Similar to hip-hop, just because a politician is talking doesn’t mean they’re saying anything. When an official opposes a bill, it isn’t uncommon for them to speak at length, being purposely long-winded to prevent said bill from passing in what is known as a filibuster. It is the political equivalent of an MC refusing to pass the mic in a cypher, and a Missouri State Senator recently got creative with her techniques, taking a page from the world of hip-hop in the process.

As CBS St. Louis is reporting, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a democrat from St. Louis, read from 50 Cent’s book The 50th Law for almost an hour on Monday (April 25), in opposition to a tax bill that would allow unincorporated areas of St. Louis County to vote on a sales tax to fund law enforcement. According to Chappelle-Nadal, the county’s government should not see additional funding until it addresses a variety of issues, among them, the way law enforcement responds to protests in Ferguson. She resulted to using the filibuster after the chamber rejected her proposal to remove the law enforcement sals tax from the bill.

The 50th Law was published in 2009 and features advice and anecdotes from 50 as well as author Robert Greene. Around the time of publication, Greene spoke to XXL about the book saying, “I remember we would talk about how he had learned to adapt to the business world. A lot of the book, at first, and even as it came out, was about him as a hustler on the streets and how that translated into working in corporate America… He said that he was always learning on the job.”

Read the full story at CBS’s St. Louis affiliate.

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