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 12 Fight in Gaza has no clear winners, but on…
Fight in Gaza has no clear winners, but one big loser The Washington Post’s London and Jerusalem bureau chiefs explain how the reignited conflict between Hamas and Israel is sidelining the Pa…
Jul 12 Ars Technica commenter explains why firms …
PENGIN9: I don’t get why we need to have laws for who can drive a taxi. In my humble opinion, if you’re brave enough to have a stranger pick you up; it’s all on you. [A] registere…
Jul 10 Who can make peace between bicyclists and …
Who can make peace between bicyclists and the rest of D.C.? The Washington Post’s Sarah Kaplan profiles Nelle Pierson of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and her team of smiling, sig…
Jul 10 Obama lambastes do-nothing Republican House
The best thing you can say about this Congress — the Republicans in Congress, and particularly the House of Representatives — the best you can say for them this year is that so far they…
Jul 9 Thoughtful, caring Frontier pilot buys piz…
Thoughtful, caring Frontier pilot buys pizza for his stranded passengers The hungry passengers of a Frontier flight that was diverted to Cheyenne, Wyoming due to severe weather were treated to free…
Jul 8 Devastating loss leaves Brazil in tears
The Germans were merciless, playing with grace and unity and a raw power that saw them rip open the Brazilian defense as if it were a can of soup. — Excerpt from the New York Times’ recap of …