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.

NPI, defined

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

Feb 14 The Elwha River: Roaring back to life
In a special report for The Seattle Times, reporter Lynda V. Mapes tells the story of the resurgence of the Elwha River ecosystem, which is benefiting hugely from the largest dam removal project in human history, completed two years ago.
Feb 14 In most heretical Republican “debate” yet, Trump goes after George W. Bush… again and again
Not only did he call the Iraq war a failure, but when Jeb Bush insisted his brother kept the country safe, Trump pointed out that the [September 11th] attack happened on Bush’s watch, and that Bush lied about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and then returned to the point again. This is one […]
Feb 13 President Obama delivers a statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Watch live as President Obama delivers a statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.
Feb 13 Right wing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at seventy-nine
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the most senior justice on the Roberts Court and a reliable vote for the Court’s right wing bloc, has died, according to a statement released today by Chief Justice John Roberts. “On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice […]
Feb 11 Federal Way votes to oppose Chinese-backed methanol plant in Tacoma
"Opposition against a proposed natural gas-to-methanol plant in Tacoma grew Thursday night with a unanimous vote against the project by the Federal Way City Council." KING5 reports.
Feb 11 Liveblogging the sixth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest
Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the sixth Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being organized and broadcast by PBS affiliates like KCTS 9, and simulcast by CNN. If you don’t get PBS over the […]