Daily Briefs

Campaign finance filing made easier

One area of Michigan’s campaign finance software is sporting a fresh new look and an easier-to-use design, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced recently.

The Michigan Electronic Reporting and Tracking System (MERTS) allows state-level committees to file required campaign finance statements electronically over the Internet or other removable media such as a flash drive or CD. Campaign finance statements often include details on money contributed, funds spent, and debt owed.

The new candidate committee section of MERTS features an easier-to-use data entry screen, easier access to the user guide and instructional videos, new icons and fresh colors. Other sections, such as those for political action committees, will be updated in the near future.

MERTS users are welcome to download the new software or continue using the previous software until the end of the calendar year. New MERTS users will receive the new version when they download the program.

People with devices running the Apple iOS or the Android operating systems also can download the Michigan Campaign Finance Search application, believed to be the first state app of its kind in the country. It allows users to search for records by the names of state candidates and committees as well as by election period, party affiliation, committee type and the office being sought. The application displays direct and in-kind contributions received, expenditures and debt owed.

Additional campaign finance information can be found at www.michigan.gov/elections.

Polish American Legal Society hosts annual Christmas party Dec. 1

The Polish American Legal Society will host its Christmas Party on Saturday Dec. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 East Maple Road in Troy.  Entertainment will be provided by Davey & the Diplomats (Ed Zelenak Band).

Cost to attend is $50 per person, $500 per table.  For more, information contact Ryan Hill’s office at 313-962-4954.

‘Detroit’s Native Son’ viewing set for Nov. 26 

A gathering for the viewing of the documentary “Detroit’s Native Son” will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne State University Law School, 471 W. Palmer, in Detroit from 3-6 p.m.  Yusef Shakur, the creator of the documentary will be in attendance. For more information about this event, please contact Min Jian Huang at 313-577-8859 or ee4546@wayne.edu.

Holiday Hours

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions is be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Wayne County Probate Court is closed today in observance of Thanksgiving and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.

In observance of Thanksgiving, the 36th District Court is closed today. Only criminal arraignments will be conducted.