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.

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Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 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 projects

Jul 22 It’s official: Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate
The ticket is complete: Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November. Mrs. Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message...
Jul 22 Jon Stewart takes over Stephen Colbert’s Late Show desk and it is glorious
Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk (via CBS)
Jul 21 Sunrise at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains
Sunrise at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains
Jul 20 More chaos at RNC as Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Donald Trump, gets booed off stage
So much for party unity: Republican leaders attempted Wednesday to steer their national convention in a more substantive and unified direction behind GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but their efforts came up against an eruption of lingering bitterness from the brutal primary campaign season. The capstone of the evening was supposed to be ...
Jul 19 Did Melania Trump plagiarize from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC?
It sure looks that way: In her first major address before the nation on Monday night, Melania Trump appears to have plagiarized a number of lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The plagiarized passages, in bold below, concerned the importance of hard work and honesty. “From a young […]
Jul 18 Donald Trump’s former ghostwriter calls him a “sociopath”
I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is… I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization. — […]