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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
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 28, 2022 8:00 am71d 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 am82d 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 am82d 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 pm84d 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 am86d 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 pm87d 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 pm88d 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 pm91d 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.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 7, 2022 8:56 am92d ago
Iowa U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson is touting her support of veterans in her first TV ad of the election cycle. Her Democratic challenger notes Hinson voted against a House bill for veterans’ health care.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 8, 2022 9:51 am91d ago
Iowa Democratic candidates running for state and federal office gathered in Lisbon on Saturday for a campaign rally to help elect Liz Mathis and Christina Bohannan.
Campaigns & Elections Sep. 3, 2022 12:58 pm96d ago
Democrat Mike Franken on Friday said Iowa voters need to reject partisan politics and gather around a unifying message that puts “country over party” and “people over politics.”
News Sep. 2, 2022 6:00 am98d ago
AAA predicts this will be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend in three years, reaching pre-pandemic levels, despite inflation, higher airfares and gas prices pinching household budgets.
Government & Politics Sep. 1, 2022 2:45 pm98d ago
The city of Marion will receive $9.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aid with recovery from the 2020 derecho, Iowa Congresswoman Ashley Hinson announced Thursday.