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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 Jan. 11, 2022 7:51 pm
Republican members of Iowa's congressional delegation claimed Tuesday that Democrats are manufacturing a voting crisis in order to exert more control from Washington, D.C.
State Government Jan. 7, 2022 7:44 am
Leaders in Iowa's Republican-led Legislature say they're waiting to see how court cases play out first before taking any further steps to restrict abortion access in the state — an assertion not all Democrats are buying.
Federal Government Dec. 8, 2021 9:54 pm
Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted Wednesday to pass a Senate resolution that would invalidate President Joe Biden’s vaccine or test mandates for private employers.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 4, 2021 8:40 pm
The key takeaway from their meeting with local election officials was the checks and balances in election operations, including the 40-step process of checking each voting machine before it goes into a polling place and in counting ballots.
State Government Aug. 18, 2021 7:43 am
“We have the capacity. We want to work with them to get them here,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a WHO-AM radio interview at the Iowa State Fair. “They’ve helped us, helped Americans, and we’re more than willing to help them relocate to Iowa.”
Government & Politics Jun. 16, 2021 3:00 pm
Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will vote against President Joe Biden’s pick to be an assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over recent actions by the Biden administration related to clean water rules and biofuels.