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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 Aug. 2, 2022 3:57 pm128d ago
A group of northeast Iowa Democrats will host a virtual speakers’ panel on reproductive freedom in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a constitutional right to access an abortion.
Campaigns & Elections Jul. 31, 2022 5:56 pm130d ago
Iowa and New Hampshire had argued that possibly losing their positions going first and second could hurt Democrats in the states' top races, especially since the Republican Party has already said Iowa will continue to lead off its 2024 primaries.
Government & Politics Jul. 27, 2022 1:13 pm134d ago
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Teva has agreed to contribute more than $4.3 billion in cash and medications to settle lawsuits in various states, including Iowa.
Government & Politics Jul. 26, 2022 8:39 pm135d ago
While not a silver bullet, Eastern Iowa airport officials say raising the retirement age will help airlines contend with a pilot shortage that have caused them to cut flights.
Government & Politics Jul. 25, 2022 6:34 pm136d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson talked inflation, transportation and drug costs with small business owners during a stop in Vinton on Monday.
Community Jul. 25, 2022 6:00 am139d ago
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 pm139d ago
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. 29, 2022 12:19 pm132d ago
Iowa gamblers placed a record amount of bets both online and in person on casino and sports games in the last fiscal year, with wagers topping $4 billion.
Government & Politics Jul. 20, 2022 4:31 pm141d ago
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 am148d ago
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.