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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
Government & Politics Sep. 29, 2022 6:00 am3d ago
State public health officials say more than a thousand Iowans struggling with opioid addiction would be served by expanded access to treatment and recovery support services.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 27, 2022 6:56 pm3d ago
The Iowa Democratic gubernatorial nominee reached out to different generations of Iowans for support this week with stops in Des Moines and in Iowa City.
Government & Politics Sep. 22, 2022 7:12 pm8d ago
Iowa’s Republican U.S. House members voted against a bipartisan bill to overhaul a centuries-old law in an effort to prevent future presidential candidates from trying to subvert future elections.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 20, 2022 4:58 pm10d ago
Iowa Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken talked about protecting Social Security for future generations and lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 50.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 28, 2022 8:00 am3d ago
Iowa Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken denied allegations in a police report that he grabbed and kissed a former campaign staffer without consent.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 19, 2022 5:00 am13d ago
Despite challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic and a rise in conspiracy theory-fueled threats to election workers nationwide, Iowa election officials say they’ve had success recruiting poll workers to staff the upcoming general election.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 17, 2022 9:01 am14d ago
Two days after co-sponsoring a bill that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks, Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson proposed raising the federal child tax credit as part of a package she says will support expecting moms and families.
News Sep. 15, 2022 4:16 pm15d ago
Train shipments of grain, fertilizer, lumber, produce and fuel will not come to a screeching halt on Friday, as a strike that could have idled freight and passenger trains across the state and country seems to have been averted -- for now.
Government & Politics Sep. 13, 2022 8:50 am18d ago
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, visited with veterans Monday at the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.
News Sep. 12, 2022 7:13 pm18d ago
Two decades after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation’s oldest and largest veterans’ service organizations are seeing their ranks diminish, as older members die and younger veterans are hesitant to fill the void.
Government & Politics Sep. 11, 2022 2:23 pm20d ago
Six years after a Davenport veteran’s suicide sparked national attention and calls for an investigation after having been denied inpatient psychiatric care, the Iowa City VA is planning for a major expansion.
News Sep. 8, 2022 4:49 pm22d ago
Iowa politicians joined leaders from around the world to offer condolences and pay tribute to Britain’s revered and longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday.