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 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 …
Aug 26 Burger King, Tim Hortons ink merger deal f…
Burger King, Tim Hortons ink merger deal for $12.5 billion American hamburger chain Burger King and Canadian coffee giant Tim Hortons have agreed to a merger that will place the two firms together …
Aug 25 South Napa earthquake leaves many building…
The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Napa Valley area on August 24th has left many buildings, including this one at the corner of Main & Clinton, in bad shape. (Photo: California Gover…
Aug 25 Karl Rove’s PAC attacking Democrats for no…
Karl Rove’s PAC attacking Democrats for not being progressive enough Well-funded Republican operative Karl Rove is targeting Democratic Senators Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Mark Pryor in …
Aug 25 Ice Bucket Challenge a gimmick best not re…
You would think the merits of something — eradicating a disease, educating the impoverished, or cleaning up the environment — would be enough to move people to be altruistic. But that’s rarely the …