Best Fiction Writer

State Rep. Susan Combs

It's a tie between her novel and her bill. A Perfect Match was the title of Combs' first steamy, soft-porn novel, but it wasn't her first stab at fiction. Claiming her "takings" bill wouldn't harm Austin, other cities, or the state, Combs was victorious in both the House and Senate in winning landowners the right to sue if government regulations lowered the value of their land by at least 25%. The governor signed on in late June. It didn't come out until after the Senate vote, but a report by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC) found that the bill will cost us "millions." Maybe Combs should have done the taxpayers a favor and given up her day job.

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