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

May 29 Danny Westneat: Testing is cutting into class time
Hey, state senators: How about holding a hearing on something that actually is cutting into students’ class time? Your standardized testing regimen. — Danny Westneat: Testing cutting into class time (The Seattle Times)
May 28 Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals
Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals Former top Republican Dennis Hastert, who made a hasty exit from Congress after the 2006 midterm elections, now finds himself under indictment for telling fibs to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
May 28 Militant Republican legislator Elizabeth Scott to challenge Suzan DelBene in 2016
Last night, it was reported that Republicans have found a challenger to run against Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in 2016: the gun-toting, background check-denouncing Elizabeth Scott, who currently serves in the Republican minority in the Washington State House of Representatives. Republicans have not defeated a Democratic incumbent for...
May 27 Larry Haler’s House Bill 2255 lives on as an initiative to the people
In response to Republican State Representative Larry Haler’s disappointing decision to withdraw House Bill 2255, legislation that sought to replace Tim Eyman’s I-747 with a more sensible property tax policy, NPI founder and executive director Andrew Villeneuve today introduced the bill as an initiative to the people to ensure that th...
May 27 Nebraska lawmakers abolish executions, overriding Republican governor’s veto
Joyous news to report on today. Lawmakers in the reliably conservative state of Nebraska today took a courageous stand for human rights and dignity by overriding Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of legislation that would permanently abolish executions. With no votes to spare, the unicameral Nebraska Legislature voted to make the Cor...
May 27 Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’ gets four Pinnoc...
[T]he Islamic State of Iraq, declared in 2006, was intended to be a sprawling entity like the one we see today. That was its political purpose and ambition. Today’s ISIS is the same organization, only stronger. — Analyst Brian Fishman, refuting Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’ (Glenn […]