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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 Nov. 6, 2022 5:00 am140d ago
The rush to sway and turn out voters will continue through Election Day on Tuesday.
Crime and Courts Nov. 4, 2022 2:19 pm141d ago
A Mount Mercy University cross country runner was injured when he was caught in a shooting Thursday while on his way to practice. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to campus officials.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 3, 2022 3:00 pm142d ago
A Chicago-based financial services and investment research firm has
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 2, 2022 6:16 pm143d ago
Democrats running for Iowa governor and a northeast Iowa U.S. House seat spent Wednesday afternoon trying to the turn out the vote among students on the campus of Coe College.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 1, 2022 9:15 pm143d ago
He contends U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has lost his bipartisan streak and has become more supportive of right-wing causes and special interests over the needs of Iowans.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 1, 2022 4:54 pm144d ago
She touted Iowa’s fiscal health; her pledge to support law enforcement; three rounds of tax cuts enacted over the past five years; and giving parents more authority in their children’s education.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 31, 2022 7:21 am145d ago
Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State’s Office has been trying to tamp down voting misinformation, while members of his own party are pushing conspiracy theories, including those running for office in Linn and Johnson counties.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 29, 2022 6:00 am147d ago
The Gazette interviewed Linn County voters who cast early ballots this week about the issues, races and candidates influencing their vote. Here is what they had to say.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 27, 2022 8:00 pm148d ago
Candidates running for northeast Iowa’s U.S. House seat spent Thursday rallying supporters to help get out the vote and laying out their plans to lower prices for Iowa families.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 27, 2022 8:23 am149d ago
Senate candidate campaigns in Iowa City in what appears to be close race
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 26, 2022 11:26 am150d ago
A 2024 presidential prospect who has been a regular presence in Iowa over the last two years, Nikki Haley stopped in Davenport and Cedar Rapids on Tuesday for rallies with Republican women seeking re-election in the Nov. 8 general election
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 24, 2022 5:30 am153d ago
Candidates running for to serve as Iowa’s taxpayer watchdog both worked in state government and say they have demonstrated their ability to hold government agencies accountable for waste, fraud and abuse.
News Oct. 22, 2022 12:09 pm154d ago
Iowa collected a record amount last month on sports betting with the kickoff of the football season, despite fewer bets being placed compared to a year go.
Government & Politics Oct. 26, 2022 8:23 pm149d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson criticized President Joe Biden's decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve instead of ramping up domestic energy production to tame gas prices.
Campaigns & Elections Oct. 21, 2022 3:10 pm155d ago
Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Marion told reporters Friday she is feeling better and ready to resume campaigning after being released from the hospital earlier this week.