Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Superdelegates, Explained

April 12, 2016 While campaigning in New York last week, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attended Broadway hit Hamilton. This gave The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke about Sanders's age and resemblance to the subject of the play. With the primary in full...

Play of the Day: More From the Candidates' Travels in the Big Apple

April 11, 2016 In a recent interview, Bernie Sanders said he attended Boy Scout camp during his childhood in New York. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon used this as an opportunity to joke about the Vermont Senator's age, saying Sanders got the first patch for discovering fire. As the New York primary approaches,...

Play of the Day: The 2016 Campaign Moves to New York

April 8, 2016 John Kasich's crowds in upstate New York have been bigger than expected recently, causing the candidate to move some of his events to larger locations. Conan O'Brien joked about Kasich's popularity Thursday night, saying the move was just from a "toll booth to a Sunglass Hut." As the New York...

Play of the Day: Fake Agencies Trump Would Cut as President

April 7, 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump refused to wear the famed Wisconsin cheese head hat during a campaign stop in the badger state this week. Late-night comedians joked about Trump's dignity and hair, with Late Night's Seth Meyers joking that his head is already cheese-like and Conan O'Brien noting that Trump's hair...

Play of the Day: Looking Into the Archives of Trump's Comments About Women

April 6, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agreed to hold a debate in Brooklyn a few days before the April 14 New York primary. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Sanders likes the location for its views and history, while Clinton likes the location because she can probably hide a body...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Electoral Vulnerabilities

April 5, 2016 Bernie Sanders spoke with the New York Daily News editorial board last week and the Brooklyn-raised Senator showed that he might not be up-to-date by saying “You get a token and you get on” the New York subway. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted this and joked that Wall St. lobbyists...

Play of the Day: Obama Knocks Down Trump's Nuke Talk

April 4, 2016 Hillary Clinton held an event at Harlem's Apollo theater recently, raising money for her 2016 campaign. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked over the weekend about Clinton's presence there by citing one of the most famous comedy albums recorded at the historic venue (and the famous phrase it spawned). Donald...

Play of the Day: Obama's Senioritis

April 1, 2016 Donald Trump supporter Ben Carson went to CNN this week to defend Trump's controversial comments on abortion. Carson claimed Trump wasn't "warned" that he was going to be asked the question, but Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that being president means not a lot of warnings. It's not like ISIS...

Play of the Day: Trump as a 5-Year-Old

March 31, 2016 At the CNN town hall this week, a woman asked John Kasich if he would consider a female running mate if he became the nominee. Kasich replied "Are you available? You look great tonight" to laughter in the auditorium. To be fair, as Late Night's Seth Meyers said, that's pretty...

Play of the Day: The 2016 GOP Campaign's Effect Worldwide

March 30, 2016 A Donald Trump campaign staffer was charged Tuesday with battery after he was caught on video forcefully shoving down a female reporter last month. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that this will certainly not hurt Trump's poll numbers while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump only verbally assaults women. John Kerry...

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