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I am The Gazette’s deputy Des Moines bureau chief covering Iowa politics, including the Iowa Legislature and campaigns. I was born and raised in Davenport and have previously worked for papers covering local and state government and politics in Iowa and South Carolina, including Dubuque and the Quad-Cities. I’m an Iowa State graduate and a die-hard Cyclone fan. When not reporting, you can likely find me on the golf course, burning something in the kitchen and nerding out about Star Wars with Gazette Des Moines Bureau Chief Erin Murphy.
Latest Articles by Tom Barton
News Nov. 23, 2022 6:00 am4d ago
New research could help guide Iowa snow plow drivers during white-out conditions and alert them to obstacles, improving driver safety and keeping roads open in low-visibility conditions.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 18, 2022 6:14 pm7d ago
Republican state auditor candidate Todd Halbur announced he is dropping his request for a statewide recount in his election contest with Democratic incumbent Auditor Rob Sand. Halbur said he did not have sufficient resources to proceed and claimed the Republican Party of Iowa would not help support the statewide recount.
Government & Politics Nov. 18, 2022 6:00 am8d ago
Frustration is growing among child care workers and advocates across Iowa over the state missing out on nearly guaranteed funding that would have helped families access basic child care services.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 17, 2022 4:26 pm9d ago
Republican former President Donald Trump’s announced launch of a third White House run received a muted response from Iowa Republicans Wednesday, including from those whom Trump backed in last week’s midterm elections.
News Nov. 11, 2022 6:00 am15d ago
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig recently spoke with The Gazette about the status and impact of bird flu on Iowa’s poultry industry and how it could effect turkey prices heading into Thanksgiving.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 10, 2022 4:28 pm16d ago
Republican state lawmakers on Thursday chose Sen. Amy Sinclair as the new president of the Iowa Senate following the defeat of current Senate President Jake Chapman in Tuesday’s midterm election.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 9, 2022 6:35 pm16d ago
Republicans ousted two 40-year Democratic incumbents and could have a clean sweep of statewide offices following a midterm election where the GOP further solidified its control over state government.
Crime and Courts Nov. 4, 2022 2:19 pm22d ago
A Mount Mercy University cross country runner was injured when he was caught in a shooting Thursday while on his way to practice. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to campus officials.