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

Mar 4 Danny Westneat: Forsaking the legislative …
This is a bad road we’re going down. For all their foibles, legislatures are still better places to solve public problems than the alternatives. They should try doing it again sometime. — Danny Wes…
Mar 2 Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen…
Responding to a point of order from Senator Annette Cleveland of Vancouver, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen today ruled in his capacity as President of the Washington State Senate that a rule previou…
Mar 1 State Senate doing its oily best to ignore…
State Senate doing its oily best to ignore us on transportation The Republican-controlled Washington State Senate is doing its best to ignore a plan proposed by Governor Jay Inslee that would tax b…
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 …