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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
Community Jul. 25, 2022 6:00 am
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Willowwind School's founding in 1972 in Iowa City. While the school community has gone through changes in the last five decades, many things have stayed the same, including mixed-grade classrooms and group discussion.
Government & Politics Jul. 22, 2022 7:48 pm
Iowa Republican U.S. Reps. Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks said the legislation went too far. The pair instead sponsored a bill that would allow people over age 18 to access FDA-approved birth control pills over-the-counter.
Government & Politics Jul. 20, 2022 4:31 pm
The U.S. House is poised to vote to establish a right to contraception nationwide. Republicans Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks instead have introduced a bill to access birth control pills over the counter.
Government & Politics Jul. 14, 2022 6:00 am
Iowa has no extreme risk protection order law, wherein law enforcement, family members or others can seek a court order to temporarily prevent someone deemed a threat from buying or possessing firearms.
Government & Politics Jul. 11, 2022 7:09 am
South Carolina U.S. Senator and prospective 2024 Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott will headline Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson’s annual barbecue campaign fundraiser.
Government & Politics Jul. 7, 2022 11:28 pm
State tax receipts surpassed $9 billion in the state budget year that just ended, an increase of more than 12 percent over the previous year, according to a new state report.
Government & Politics Jul. 6, 2022 7:46 pm
Iowa Democratic gubernatorial nominee Deidre DeJear stopped at Camp Courageous, a year-round recreational and respite care facility for children with special needs and their families, as part of her “Workday Wednesday” series.
Government & Politics Jul. 6, 2022 6:00 am
A Cedar Rapids landscaping company has partnered with a team of former Iowa State University researchers to sell a climate-friendly additive to fertilizer that some experts tout as key to soil rejuvenation and carbon sequestration. It may also help with water quality.
Government & Politics Jul. 1, 2022 4:48 pm
House Democrats blocked a measure by U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, that would have stopped President Joe Biden from canceling hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt.
Government & Politics Jul. 1, 2022 10:40 am
Starting Friday, Iowans will see reduced unemployment benefits. Child care providers will see relaxed regulations and third-party food delivery services will face fines for using a restaurant’s logo or menu without permission.
Government & Politics Jul. 25, 2022 1:07 pm
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new $10 million pilot program to support the development of ways to turn agriculture residue into products for consumers and construction.
Government & Politics Jun. 28, 2022 4:50 pm
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Universal Television was awarded a $6 million grant for the “Field of Dreams” television series that starts filming in Iowa later this year.