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Las Vegas good bet for GOP strategist Frank Luntz

GOP strategist, political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz is moving to Las Vegas, it was learned Tuesday. Luntz, 51, is well-known in the gaming community, as well as Nevada political circles.

“Instead of pitting red vs blue, (he’s) betting red vs black,” tweeted David Folkenflik, National Public Radio’s media correspondent, after I reported Luntz’s move on Twitter.

In addition to his polling and focus groups, Luntz has worked for CBS, Fox News and other major media outlets as a political analyst.

He has helped Republicans shape their messages by stressing certain words. In 2007, his book “Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear,” made the New York Times Best Seller list.

Luntz could not be reached for comment by deadline.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Britney Spears’ two-hour documentary, “I Am Britney Jean,” airs Dec. 22 on E! In it she admits experiencing stage fright. While ticket sales for her upcoming two-year engagement at Planet Hollywood Resort have been strong, her just-released album, “Britney Jean,” sold 107,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen Soundcan. That represents the lowest chart debut of her career. Garth Brooks scored his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with his boxed set, “Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences.” That tied him with most No. 1 albums with the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand. …

Kerri Kasem joins Alan Stock on KDWN-AM, 720 at 7 a.m. Thursday to discuss her efforts to get legislation that allows families to visit ailing parents. Kasem’s father, radio legend Casey Kasem, has been in declining health and the focus of a dispute over access. Kasem and Stock were co-hosts for about 10 months in 2007 at KXNT-AM, 840. …

Chayo Kitchen &Tequila Bar at The Linq will soon own the distinction of having the best view of the High Roller observatory wheel. Because the restaurant juts out into the concourse, Chayo’s patio and its second-floor deck will have unobstructed views. The Linq is set to open before New Year’s. The world’s tallest observatory wheel will undergo more than a month of trial spins before opening in February. …

When credits rolled on Kelly Clarkson’s NBC Christmas Special last week, the name of Sarah Ann Miller of Las Vegas was listed among fashion stylists. Her father, Steve Miller, is a former city councilman and mayoral candidate.

SIGHTINGS

Star chef Thomas Keller, hosting a holiday party Tuesday for his team at Honey Salt in Summerlin. … Las Vegas salon operator Michael Boychuck was in San Francisco over the weekend at the request of “Housewives of D.C.” star Michaele Salahi, who married Journey guitarist Neal Schon at the Palace of Fine Arts. Boychuck was in charge of pampering the bride. … Chef Gordon Ramsay, checking out Fizz, the new champagne lounge and bar near the entrance of The Colosseum (Caesars Palace) on Monday. …

Joining Boston Red Sox postseason hero Shane Victorino at his toy drive Sunday at Sierra Gold: entertainer Pia Zadora, her son Jordan, and Austin “Chumlee” Russell.

THE PUNCH LINE

“The Kardashian husbands are like fragrances. Every year they release another one.” — David Letterman

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more at normclarke.com. Follow @Norm_Clarke on Twitter. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.

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