NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: November 09, 2020

For the legislative and political week November 9-13

Welcome to the November 9 edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your small-business advocacy team in Sacramento.

  • So how did the congressional candidates endorsed by the NFIB FED PAC do?
    • As of Saturday, November 7, all 11 have won or are winning. Nail biters: David Valadao leading incumbent T.J. Cox in CD21; Congressman Mike Garcia slightly ahead in CD 25; Young Kim slightly ahead of incumbent Congressman Gil Cisneros in CD39; and Michelle Steele slightly leading Harley Rouda in CD48.
  • And how about those candidates endorsed by the NFIB CA PAC?
    • First, the good news: 13 of the 15 State Assembly candidates won; Melanie Burkholder in AD76 lost and Diane Dixon in AD 74 is currently behind.
    • Now, the bad news: Although three of the six endorsed State Senate candidates won or are slightly ahead in their races, three have either lost (Jim Ridenour in SD5) or are losing (incumbents State Sens. Ling Ling Chang, SD29, and John Moorlach, SD37).
    • On the ballot initiatives, the NFIB CA PAC, so far, is batting three for five, correctly endorsing a No on 15, property tax, which is slightly ahead but many votes still need to be counted; a No on 21, rent control; and a No on 25, money bail. The PAC missed on two initiatives: its support for Prop. 20, money bail, lost; and Prop. 24, personal data, won despite the PAC’s opposition.
  • This handy grid has all the endorsed races and their outcome or current status.
  • Why so bloody long? “It typically takes weeks for counties to process and count all of the ballots,” explains the secretary of state. “This election features a significant expansion of vote-by-mail ballots. Every active, registered voter was sent a vote-by-mail ballot. The time for ballots to arrive to county elections offices has also been extended. Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the county elections official no later than seventeen days after the election will be processed and can be counted.”
  • But the end is near, “State law requires county elections officials to report their final results for presidential electors to the Secretary of State by December 1, 2020, and all other state contests by December 4, 2020. The Secretary of State has until December 11, 2020, to certify the results of the election.”
  • The Biden win now gives Gov. Gavin Newsom an opportunity to appoint a U.S. Senate replacement for vice presidential-elect Kamala Harris. “The rumors of ‘who’ are as wild as they are intense,” says NFIB California’s chief legislative advocate Kevin Pedrotti. “Our favorite rumor remains Governor Newsom appointing himself (Really, who could blame him right now?). But we find it more entertaining than credible.”
  • Heads Up: NFIB California just wrapped up another podcast. This one had Ben Ebbink, an expert on California labor and employment law, as the guest. Ebbink and Kevin Pedrotti discuss in-depth three new laws taking effect in 2021 that every employer should know about. The podcast will be posted on the NFIB California webpage this week.
  • Mediawise: Seldom a week goes by without NFIB nosing into the news. Forbes magazine quoted State Director John Kabateck on why Californians rejected Proposition 15, which would have enacted a split-roll property tax that would have raised taxes on businesses. And, Fox&Hounds published NFIB’s post-election comment news release.


  • The next NFIB webinar is this Wednesday, November 11, and is titled PPP Loan Forgiveness Tips from the SBA. Click here to register.
  • Speaking of PPP loans, the NFIB Small Business Legal Center released a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers about PPP and EIDL.
  • NFIB’s federal ballot went to the membership across the nation October 29. The 2021 ballot shapes NFIB’s policy positions for lobbying Congress. Questions included COVID-19 liability, regulations and paperwork requirements, right to repair, PPP forgiven expenses deductibility, and out-of-state income taxes. NFIB members can vote here:

Next Main Street Minute, November 16.


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