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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 Oct. 26, 2022 8:23 pm41d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson criticized President Joe Biden's decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve instead of ramping up domestic energy production to tame gas prices.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 21, 2022 3:10 pm46d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Marion told reporters Friday she is feeling better and ready to resume campaigning after being released from the hospital earlier this week.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 20, 2022 7:51 am47d ago
Iowa voters will be asked to add language to the Iowa Constitution that states it is a “fundamental individual right“ to keep and bear arms, and that any restraint on that right is invalid unless it meets the stringent demands of “strict scrutiny” in court.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 17, 2022 6:59 pm50d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he is unconcerned by the latest polling showing him in what could be his toughest re-election fight in 40 years, and continued to tout his longevity and seniority as an asset.
News Oct. 17, 2022 6:56 pm50d ago
Iowa U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Marion was hospitalized Sunday night in Cedar Rapids and is being treated for a kidney infection. A debate between Hinson and state Sen. Liz Mathis, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been canceled.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 3, 2022 1:43 pm33d ago
Republican newcomer Anne Fairchild is running against Democratic community organizer Sami Scheetz for the Iowa House District 78 seat, which largely encompasses southeast Cedar Rapids.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 14, 2022 7:13 am53d ago
A pair of former Iowa broadcast journalists running for an Eastern Iowa congressional seat argued policy over abortion, infrastructure, parental rights and more in their first televised debate before the Nov. 8 general election.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 11, 2022 6:40 pm56d ago
Harriet Hageman, the Trump-backed Republican who defeated Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney in an August primary, stopped in Cedar Rapids to rally GOP supporters head of the midterm elections.
Government & Politics Oct. 10, 2022 7:04 pm57d ago
A Polk County jury recently awarded the Republican candidate running to serve as the state’s taxpayer watchdog $1 million in his wrongful termination case against the state's exclusive liquor wholesaler.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 10, 2022 8:56 am57d ago
A state lawmaker, children’s advocate, wife and mother, Democrat Liz Mathis said she has a track record of putting Iowans first and working across the aisle.