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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 Dec. 5, 2022 5:33 pm112d ago
Iowans who have yet to receive their gold star license to become compliant under federal law to fly domestically will have extra time to do so.
Campaigns & Elections Dec. 4, 2022 6:00 am114d ago
The move, designed to give people of color a more prominent role in the presidential nominating process, could have huge ramifications for Democratic politics in Iowa and the national campaign process.
Campaigns & Elections Dec. 2, 2022 6:35 pm115d ago
The outcome remains the same and the results changed little in a recount of a close Linn County statehouse race.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 29, 2022 5:21 pm118d ago
A bipartisan, three-member board began recounting ballots Tuesday in a Linn County race,
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 29, 2022 8:46 am118d ago
A bipartisan, three-member board will recount ballots cast in a Linn County statehouse race starting Tuesday.
News Nov. 25, 2022 3:10 pm122d ago
The annual Run CRANDIC spring marathon between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will not return in 2023.
News Nov. 25, 2022 10:00 am123d ago
Porch pirates are arriving early this holiday season. Here’s what you can do to prevent package theft and avoid unhappy holidays.
News Nov. 23, 2022 6:00 am126d ago
New research could help guide Iowa snow plow drivers during white-out conditions and alert them to obstacles, improving driver safety and keeping roads open in low-visibility conditions.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 18, 2022 6:14 pm129d ago
Republican state auditor candidate Todd Halbur announced he is dropping his request for a statewide recount in his election contest with Democratic incumbent Auditor Rob Sand. Halbur said he did not have sufficient resources to proceed and claimed the Republican Party of Iowa would not help support the statewide recount.
Government & Politics Nov. 18, 2022 6:00 am130d ago
Frustration is growing among child care workers and advocates across Iowa over the state missing out on nearly guaranteed funding that would have helped families access basic child care services.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 17, 2022 4:26 pm130d ago
Republican former President Donald Trump’s announced launch of a third White House run received a muted response from Iowa Republicans Wednesday, including from those whom Trump backed in last week’s midterm elections.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 14, 2022 12:49 pm133d ago
Iowa House Democrats over the weekend re-elected state Rep. Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights to serve as the Iowa House minority leader.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 13, 2022 8:30 am134d ago
By and large, Tuesday night was a drubbing for Democrats in Iowa up and down the ballot.
News Nov. 11, 2022 6:00 am137d ago
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig recently spoke with The Gazette about the status and impact of bird flu on Iowa’s poultry industry and how it could effect turkey prices heading into Thanksgiving.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 10, 2022 4:28 pm137d ago
Republican state lawmakers on Thursday chose Sen. Amy Sinclair as the new president of the Iowa Senate following the defeat of current Senate President Jake Chapman in Tuesday’s midterm election.