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

Aug 30 Mount McKinley is now officially Mount Denali, thanks to President Obama
President Barack Obama has given Interior Secretary Sally Jewell the go-ahead to officially rename Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. With the name change official at the federal level, we should start to see mapmakers, encyclopedia publishers, and others honor the mountain's true name.
Aug 30 Fisherman on the dock at Lake Sammamish
Fisherman on the dock at Lake Sammamish
Aug 30 The Flooding of America
The Flooding of America The New Republic offers a chronology of major floods in America going back to the publication’s founding, complete with stories from its archives chronicling the wake of each.
Aug 29 Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Iowa
Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Iowa “The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows concerns about Clinton, enthusiasm for Sanders and the possibility of Biden roiling the Democratic field,” Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev reports.