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

Jul 29 ExxonMobil, Chevron locked in bidding war …
ExxonMobil, Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire lucrative Pennsylvania senator Once again, The Onion hits a home run with a spoof that’s too close to reality for comfort. In this parody …
Jul 29 If not a viaduct or a monorail on the wate…
She is determined to build something elevated along the waterfront. What happens if this fails? Maybe she’ll propose an aqueduct. — Seattle Transit blog commenter Barman, reacting humorously to the…
Jul 28 Want to save money, Republicans? Let’s ref…
Want to save money, Republicans? Let’s reform military procurement Businessweek reports on a problem that progressives have known about for a long time: the Pentagon pays way too much for pre…
Jul 28 Sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative…
Jul 26 Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follo…
If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse. — Outgoing Pentagon intelligence chieftain General Michael F…
Jul 25 Where is it safe for airlines to fly?
Where is it safe for airlines to fly? Businessweek’s Justin Bachman discusses what airlines are doing to protect their passengers and aircraft in the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines…