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

Apr 28 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler must be doing a decent job, because telco executives aren’t happy with him
The chairman is the rare former lobbyist who is using his industry expertise to aggressively promote the broader public interest…. Neither the cable nor wireless companies can fool him since he knows exactly how they operate. — Michael Calabrese of New America’s Open Technology Institute, sizing up Federal Communications Commission Chairma...
Apr 28 Fired up to protect transgender rights and defeat I-1515
Fired up to protect transgender rights and defeat I-1515
Apr 28 Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America...
Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America speaks against I-1515
Apr 28 Transgender rights *must* be protected: Progressive activists rally against I-1515
Transgender rights *must* be protected: Progressive activists rally against I-1515
Apr 28 Seth Kirby speaks at the launch of Washington Won't Discriminate: NO on I-1515
Seth Kirby speaks at the launch of Washington Won't Discriminate: NO on I-1515
Apr 27 John McCain fundraiser and Republican operative Emily Pitha arrested in Phoenix meth lab bust
John McCain fundraiser and Republican operative Emily Pitha arrested in Phoenix meth lab bust “A Phoenix woman who has worked for top Arizona Republicans and as a consultant arranging fundraisers for John McCain is facing numerous felony drug charges after Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies raided her home,” CBS News reported t...