Welcome!

Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through innovative research and imaginative advocacy. We’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup.

We research ideas and propose solutions to elected officials, opinionmakers, and the American people. We uncover the harmful consequences of right wing initiatives, particularly those sponsored by Tim Eyman. NPI is very different from most institutions – in part, that’s because it’s been built by activists, for activists. Our most important resources are human energy (your energy!) and the Internet – the most democratic medium for communication ever invented.

We exist to organize and mobilize progressive thinkers, and give activists an outlet to make their voices heard.

North·west (nawrth-west; Naut. nawr-west)
–noun: the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Pro·gres·sive (pruh-gres-iv)
–adjective: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

In·sti·tute (in-sti-toot, -tyoot)
–noun: a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, like advancing the common good and expanding freedom.

Headlines from our projects

Aug 28 Corporate tax evasion hurting America’s co…
Corporate tax evasion hurting America’s common wealth The New York Times reports that corporations are finding more and more success “exploiting existing loopholes and devising new ones…
Aug 28 ALS Association tries to trademark “Ice Bu…
An effort to register the Ice Bucket Challenge strikes me as a bit akin to those who sought register Boston Strong after the marathon bombings in 2013. Even if it were permissible under the law to …
Aug 28 Right wing pundit: Michael Brown was ‘arme…
He wasn’t unarmed… He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self. — Right wing pundit Ben Stein, contending for the title of year’s most absurdly stupid, ridiculously wrong,…
Aug 27 Gun sales are significantly down after rec…
Gun sales are significantly down after record year Businessweek reports that sales of long guns, modern sporting rifles, and handguns all fell during the last twelve months. The magazine says that …
Aug 27 Elizabeth Warren: Billionaires or students…
As a country, we can either invest in tax loopholes for billionaires or lower-cost student loans for young people who are trying to build a future. Billionaires or students: It’s a pretty sta…
Aug 26 Allstate: Seattle, Portland area drivers a…
A new report created by insurance giant Allstate has found that drivers in the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas are among the least safest in the country, while drivers in the greater Boise …