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.

RSVP for NPI’s Twelfth Anniversary Picnic
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, 5 PM, at Redmond’s Perrigo Park

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

Jul 29 Many Republican polls are measuring a unicorn electorate
Many Republican polls are measuring a unicorn electorate “For the GOP this year, the polls are more important than ever—and they’re positing an electorate that never existed,” writes Ken Goldstein.  
Jul 29 Eyman’s I-1366 certified for ballot; jeopardizes $8 billion in revenue through 2021
As required by law, the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has completed a fiscal impact statement for Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which was today certified for the November 2015 statewide ballot by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. According to OFM’s analysis, I-1366 is an even greater threat to Washington’s future than...
Jul 28 Humanity shouldn’t make autonomous weapons: an open letter from AI & robotics researchers
Humanity shouldn’t make autonomous weapons: an open letter from AI & robotics researchers A distinguished group of scientists and researchers involved with physics, computer science, security, and other fields have signed an open letter calling for a ban on militarized robots, saying that the development of autonomous weapons would be ...
Jul 27 After two corrections, The New York Times’ botched Clinton email story still has an error
After two corrections, The New York Times’ botched Clinton email story still has an error Media Matters excoriates The New York Times for its sloppy, error-ridden coverage of Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, when she used a private email server to send and receive messages via email.