In the prior seven days, President Barack Obama has strengthened his hold in Pennsylvania and Virginia, but rival Mitt Romney is ahead and gaining in North Carolina and is squeaking out a kernel of a lead in Iowa. An interesting story is developing in Ohio regarding how non-union employees of GM supplier Delphi were squeezed out of much of their pension benefits – unlike their unionized counterparts.

The briefing is gathered from reporters in each state who work for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, publisher of Watchdog.org.

Colorado

Polls show virtual tie as presidential candidates court Mountain State voters