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: Let's Take a Look Around Trump's Office

May 9, 2016 Maine governor Paul LePage named his new dog Veto after his propensity to veto bills that come across his desk. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that Hillary Clinton could do the same thing and name a pet Redacted Due to Ongoing Congressional Investigation. SNL's Weekend Update anchors looked more...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves Hispanics… And His Taco Bowl

May 6, 2016 This week, presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush announced they are not planning to endorse anyone in 2016. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Thursday that this move was made way before Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee, hurting Jeb Bush's feelings. Trump was the talk of social...

Play of the Day: The Final Blows of the Cruz Campaign

May 5, 2016 John Kasich dropped out of the GOP nomination race Tuesday, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Kasich's performance in the race, mocking his relative anonymity and his low poll numbers. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night, but...

If Zika Becomes a National Crisis, Americans Want to Hear From Government -- Just Not on the Phone

May 4, 2016 If the Zika virus turns out to be an American pandemic, a new survey suggets Americans want to hear about it from the government through as many media channels as possible -- just not robocalls. A new round of results from Accenture's AFS Fed Pulse survey showed 80 percent of...

Play of the Day: More Women in the Military Won't Mean Flirting on the Battlefield

May 4, 2016 Donald Trump won the Indiana primary Tuesday night, all but clinching the GOP nomination. Trump had gotten recent endorsements from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, causing The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that Trump's war plans will be to...

Play of the Day: Carly Fiorina's Fall is a Metaphor For the Campaign

May 3, 2016 A 12-year-old boy heckled presidential candidate Ted Cruz last week, yelling "you suck!" at the Texan during an Indiana rally. Conan O'Brien joked that this means the future of America is in good hands, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Cruz's statement that the boy should be spanked. Carly...

Play of the Day: More on the Cruz/Fiorina Ticket

April 29, 2016 Congress passed a bill this week designating the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Referencing the bill, Jimmy Kimmel joked about Congress' inactivity while Conan O'Brien tied the move to American obesity. Late-night shows were still processing the news of Ted Cruz selecting Carly Fiorina as potential...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Picks a Running Mate, Despite Not Winning Anything

April 28, 2016 With nine victories between them this week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are looking like the general election nominees. Late Night's Seth Meyers compared the matchup to a recent -- critically panned -- superhero movie, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert said it was "the matchup America did something to deserve."...

Play of the Day: Clinton and Trump Will Soon Be Looking for VP Nominees

April 27, 2016 Donald Trump has pivoted from attacking Ted Cruz to attacking John Kasich, though this time he's mocking the way the Ohio governor eats. Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted Trump's comments, saying he years for a time when the conversation was about, uh, hand size. With Trump and Hillary Clinton marching...

Play of the Day: Kasich and Cruz Are the Bootleg Wonder Twins

April 26, 2016 Wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones premiered its sixth season Sunday and Late Night's Seth Meyers connected the series to the 2016 election. There's a Jon who may or may not be dead, someone devious called Littlefinger and an ominous constant force on the horizon. In anticipation of...

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