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 Mount Rainier and points beyond after sunset, from Inspiration Point #NPS100
Mount Rainier and points beyond after sunset, from Inspiration Point #NPS100
Aug 26 Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage asked to resign after threatening Democratic legislator i...
Extremist right wing governor Paul LePage of Maine is facing calls for his resignation after he left a threatening voicemail for a Democratic legislator that he told the legislator to make public.
Aug 25 In honor of #NPS100, here's a montage of scenes from four Pacific Northwest National Parks: North...
In honor of #NPS100, here's a montage of scenes from four Pacific Northwest National Parks: North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Olympic. All photos are from the NPI image library.
Aug 25 Hey, Seattle Times editorial board! Care to step aside and let Sound Transit 3 proceed?
On Monday afternoon, for Tuesday morning’s newspaper, the Seattle Times published an editorial applauding Senator Reuven Carlyle for his recent pronouncement that he can’t vote for Sound Transit 3, while also scolding ST3 supporters for allegedly treating Carlyle “like a dissident in North Korea or China”. The unsigned ed...
Aug 24 Angle Lake Link will open to the public on Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Sound Transit’s newest Link light rail extension will open on Saturday, September 24th, just thirty-one days from now, CEO Peter Rogoff and Board Chair Dow Constantine announced at a press conference this morning. “Opening the Angle Lake Station marks another milestone in building a vibrant, regional light rail system,” said Co...
Aug 24 Link train at the new Angle Lake Station
Link train at the new Angle Lake Station