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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 Apr. 11, 2023 2:10 pm51d ago
Victim advocates are urging Republican Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird to continue allowing the state’s victim compensation funds to cover contraception and abortion care for rape victims, noting a majority of those served by the fund are juvenile victims of sexual abuse.
Government & Politics Apr. 11, 2023 11:04 am51d ago
Members of the House Ways and Means tax policy committee amended the bill to prohibit companies from collecting data on children under 18 without “verifiable parental consent.”
News Apr. 7, 2023 6:00 am55d ago
Major medical groups in the United States -- including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics — say gender-affirming care is safe and encourage it as a treatment for gender dysphoria, which is when people feel like they are a different gender than their birth gender.
Government & Politics Apr. 7, 2023 8:45 am55d ago
Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley sat down in Cedar Rapids with law enforcement and a retail leader to discuss how retail theft is enabling the illicit drug trade.
Government & Politics Apr. 5, 2023 5:19 pm56d ago
The Iowa Senate has started the process of confirming Gov. Kim Reynolds’ appointees to state boards and commissions. And for the first time in a long time, Republicans hold a super majority in the Senate, which means they’ll be able to prevent Democrats from blocking gubernatorial appointees that require a two-thirds majority.
Government & Politics Apr. 5, 2023 7:26 pm56d ago
Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst announced she will donate proceeds from her annual motorcycle ride to a Cedar Rapids veterans service and support organization.
Government & Politics Apr. 5, 2023 9:54 am57d ago
Iowa House to weigh asset tests after passage by Senate
Government & Politics Apr. 3, 2023 7:15 pm58d ago
Estimate comes from nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency
Government & Politics Apr. 3, 2023 10:46 am59d ago
More than a quarter of Iowa’s roughly 2.2 million registered voters have been moved to “inactive” status, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Inactive individuals still are registered to vote and can participate in elections between now and the November 2026 general election. If they do not, their voter registration would be canceled after the November 2026 election and they would have to re-register to vote in the state.
Iowa Basketball Apr. 2, 2023 9:05 pm59d ago
Thousands gathered in Iowa City Sunday to watch history in the making, as Iowa and Louisiana State University met in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game. The watch party audience at Carver-Hawkeye Arena included casual fans and die-hards, all captivated by a team that has elevated the sport, the program and the university to unprecedented heights.
Government & Politics Mar. 31, 2023 5:10 pm61d ago
House and Senate Republicans differ on approach
State Government Mar. 31, 2023 5:32 pm61d ago
Education policy dealing with graphic materials and the teaching of gender identity passed, but a bill regulating carbon capture pipelines did not
Government & Politics Mar. 30, 2023 5:52 pm62d ago
Lawmakers to hold public hearing on a bill that would alter eligibility requirements for Iowans to qualify for food and health care assistance.
Government & Politics Mar. 30, 2023 8:31 pm62d ago
Iowa Republican House lawmakers have proposed a measure that would require parental consent before children under the age of 18 can use social media.
Government & Politics Mar. 29, 2023 2:40 pm64d ago
Bill advances that would apply asset tests to applicants