- - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

HOUSE

Democratic winner of N.Y. special election sworn in

The western New York Democrat who captured a surprise victory in a special election after focusing her campaign on Republican plans to reshape Medicare was sworn into office in the House on Wednesday.

Kathy Hochul was elected last week in an outcome that buoyed Democrats still jarred by their loss of House control in the 2010 elections. The conservative district, which curls among rural and suburban towns between Buffalo and Rochester, had long been represented by Republicans.

In brief remarks to her new colleagues after she took the oath from House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, Mrs. Hochul spoke of the need for “a spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation,” making no specific mention of Medicare.

“Today, I enter these chambers confident that we can tackle the challenges that are presented to us. We can and must find common sense solutions to the problems facing each of our districts and our country,” she said.

Her swearing in was met by a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle in the largely full House chamber, though clapping and cheers were louder from Democrats.

ARIZONA

Palin confirms she’s in LLC that bought home

PHOENIX | Sarah Palin has confirmed that she is part of a company that purchased a home north of Phoenix, but she said she hasn’t moved from Alaska.

Safari Investments LLC paid nearly $1.7 million cash for the five-bedroom, 7,900-square-foot home in rural north Scottsdale in May.

In an interview aired Tuesday night, the former Alaska governor told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren that she is part of Safari Investments and it “has some property in Arizona now.”

“You know, many, many Alaskans purchase property in Arizona, Nevada and Texas,” Mrs. Palin said from her bus that has been touring the East Coast. “I think we do that because not only are we good investors, and it’s a buyer’s market, but we like to thaw out once in a while.”

Mrs. Palin did not reveal any other details.

The Arizona Republic first reported May 21 that Mrs. Palin may have bought the house, but neither Mrs. Palin’s political action committee nor her lawyer responded to inquiries, and the lawyer who handled the deal declined to comment.

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