NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: November 02, 2020

For the legislative and political week November 2-6

Welcome to the November 2 edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your small-business advocacy team in Sacramento.

  • The moment has finally arrived. Tomorrow, November 3, begins the conclusion of the most expensive, contentious, and loudest election in U.S. history. We say begins because California is one of a handful of states where ballots cannot be counted until after the polls close. So, don’t take anything to the bank until at least a week afterward.
  • And don’t take our word for the delays. Here’s a Facebook feed many Californians received from the secretary of state: “We’re going to know a lot on election night, but it will take time to count the unprecedented number of vote-by-mail ballots this year! We might not know some outcomes until later in November. To get the most up-to-date results, go straight to the source! #VoteSafeCA #VoteCalifornia.”
  • This election is also one of the saddest for the NFIB California family, having lost Leadership Council member Alzada Knickerbocker, a lighthouse of a small-business owner. This is her obituary in the Davis Enterprise, and some nice tributes from her fellow LC members can be read here.
  • Professional election handicapper Jim Ellis, whom NFIB has had speak on numerous occasions, told members on a conference call last week that there are three states to watch on Election Night, which President Trump needs to win for reelection. “The election procedures in Arizona, Florida, and Wisconsin all point to having a victory projection coming from these states on election night, thus making them the ‘tells’ for the national vote. If President Trump loses either Arizona or Florida, it will almost assuredly secure a Joe Biden victory. On the other hand, should the president sweep the three aforementioned states, he will be headed toward clinching re-election,” he wrote on his blog. You can read Ellis’ full article here.
  • Closer to home, NFIB California’s watch list includes two Democrat v. Democrat contests for the State Senate and two Democrat vs. Democrat for the State Assembly.
  • And, one last time, NFIB’s endorsements:
    • Click here to see a list of NFIB CA PAC’s state legislative endorsements
    • Click here to see NFIB CA PAC’s endorsements of ballot initiatives
    • Click here to see NFIB FED PAC’s endorsements for Congress (member log-in required)
    • Click here to see every state legislator’s voting record on 12 issues taken during 2019-2020 session of the California State Legislature
  • Finally, check out our new web story on NFIB California’s podcasts. It will be revised frequently to include the latest podcast.


  • On Thursday, October 29, NFIB mailed its federal ballot to the membership. Results from the ballot drive NFIB’s policy positions in Congress as do state ballots in the Legislature.
  • This year’s ballot questions included the following issues: COVID-19 liability, regulations and paperwork requirements, right to repair, PPP forgiven expenses deductibility, and out-of-state income taxes.
  • Don’t want to wait for the mailman? NFIB members can vote right here, right now.

Next Main Street Minute, November 9.


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