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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Malheur Feds Post an Open Letter to Occupiers

January 20, 2016 In an open letter posted to Facebook Wednesday morning, federal employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge urged the militia group occupying their workplace to move on, but said they did not wish to "inflame an already heated situation." Calling the group "illegal occupiers" and "militants," the message emphasized the...

Play of the Day: Sarah Palin Endorses Trump, Also Invents a Word

January 20, 2016 In an attempt to court evangelical voters, Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University Monday and spoke highly of Christian dogma. Unfortunately, Trump's words fell hollow to many late-night hosts. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked that Trump and a bible don't exactly mix, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked...

Play of the Day: Martin O'Malley Just Wants Someone to Pay Attention to Him

January 19, 2016 Sunday's Democratic debate was the topic for Monday's late-night talk shows. Bernie Sanders was the butt of some jokes, with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah saying he looks like someone who stores his money in Cheerios boxes, while Jimmy Kimmel noted that the debate was a win for the 74-year-old...

Play of the Day: Michael Bloomberg Could Upend the Presidential Race

January 18, 2016 Thursday's Republican debate showcased a clash between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, which some saying Cruz came out on top. Cruz has a reputation from college of having quite an effective set of debate skills, which The Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Friday. Michael Bloomberg is reportedly privately polling...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton is Not Connecting With Young Voters

January 15, 2016 The Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning and Jimmy Kimmel noted the irony that the acting category is whiter than the Republican presidential race. Late Night's Seth Meyers also joked connected the nominations to the GOP race by matching nominated films with the candidates. On the Democratic side, Bernie...

Play of the Day: Diamond Joe is Here to Cure Cancer

January 14, 2016 Hillary Clinton has been losing ground to Bernie Sanders in many recent polls. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the Democratic frontrunner's personality, implying she made a supernatural deal to become president. Late-night shows joked a lot about Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Wednesday night. Conan...

Play of the Day: The Oregon Occupiers Need More Supplies

January 13, 2016 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently said it is looking to take manatees off the endangered species list, with one agency official saying the manatee's "recovery is incredibly encouraging." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about this development, saying the manatee is starting to live dangerously. As the occupation of...

Play of the Day: Obama Prepares for His Final State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016 Mexican 'Grand Warlock' Antonio Vazquez last week did a tarot card reading and proclaimed that Donald Trump will not be the GOP nominee in this year's American election. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert did an entire segment on the prediction, even joking that no one in Mexico would have any...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush is a 'Joyful Tortoise'

January 11, 2016 Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said she wanted to "get to the bottom" of any possible extraterrestrial visits to the United States. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this development Friday, comparing those statements to ones found in her famous emails. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush continues to falter...

Play of the Day: Trump, Cruz and Canada

January 8, 2016 The federal government put out its guidelines for nutrition this week, suggesting Americans eat healthier. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the announcement and the state of American eating, saying the FDA and USDA could have suggested Americans stop eating things with the word "triple" in it. With GOP rival...

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