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

Sep 2 Putin to European Commission President: “I…
If I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks. — Remark reportedly made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call with the new President of the European Commission. The Kremlin is no…
Sep 1 President Obama’s 2014 Labor Day remarks: …
Video above: President Obama delivers remarks at the 2014 Milwaukee Laborfest, saying that America deserves a raise. Excerpt: All across the country right now, there’s a national movement going on …
Aug 31 Costco CEO Craig Jelinek leads the cheapes…
Costco CEO Craig Jelinek leads the cheapest, happiest company in the world Businessweek’s Brad Stone’s mid-2013 profile of retail giant Costco Wholesale is once again attracting lots of…
Aug 31 Representative John Lewis: Participate and…
You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country. — Representative John Lewis, urging black Americans to go to the polls and participate in t…
Aug 30 Right wing launches misguided protest agai…
Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day In this must-read column, The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat takes direct aim at former Building Industry Association of Washington chie…
Aug 30 Read an unpublished chapter from Charlie &…
In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way …