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 publications

Feb 28 Nancy Pelosi to Republicans: “You have mad…
You have made a mess. — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, scolding Republicans for manufacturing a Department of Homeland Security funding crisis (via The Associated Press).
Feb 27 Pennsylvania Republican chides his colleag…
I think a lot of people around here have to get serious about governing… It’s time for all these D.C. games to end, all these palace coups or whatever the hell is going on around here, …
Feb 27 Russia’s Boris Nemtsov, a prominent critic…
Russia’s Boris Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, shot dead An opposition leader to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been murdered while crossing a bridge within sight of the …
Feb 27 Dozens of craters are opening up in Siberi…
Dozens of craters are opening up in Siberia and no one knows why Several large new craters have mysteriously appeared in the remote northern reaches of Russia, according to The Siberian Times. Scie…
Feb 26 New instrument readings show Earth’s clima…
New instrument readings show Earth’s climate is warming Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.C. Berkeley have produced the first direct evidence that human activity is gi…
Feb 26 Sonic’s Dane Jasper doesn’t have a problem…
It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that th…