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 19 Reseacher: Tax climate isn’t what’s drivin…
Reseacher: Tax climate isn’t what’s driving interest in inversions A paper by Edward D. Kleinbard of the USC Gould School of Law looks at the data and concludes that, contrary to what C…
Aug 18 King County Sheriff: “We cannot arrest our…
The low-level drug crimes have incarcerated an entire generation of young people and mostly people of color. We cannot arrest our way out of society’s problems… We as police executive need to…
Aug 16 Why no future Hollywood star could ever ma…
Why no future Hollywood star could ever match Lauren Bacall’s allure Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer: “The female icons of Hollywood’s golden age were glamorous and – thanks to studi…
Aug 16 Mariners turnaround bringing baseball exci…
The second wild-card spot isn’t the sort of thing you necessarily mark with a banner, but would you want your team to face Felix in a one-game playoff? — ESPN’s Jim Caple: A sea change …
Aug 15 Mariners extend winning streak, defeat Det…
Right now, the Seattle Mariners are doing something they haven’t done in years: Win the games that count in August, the second to last month of the season. And not only are they winning, they…
Aug 15 Canadians like Barack Obama more than they…
Canadians like Barack Obama more than they like Stephen Harper Public opinion research firm Angus Reid Global spoke with more than 1,500 Canadians and asked them to pick six words to describe world…