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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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

Jun 30 U.S. Supreme Court tacks left, with push from disciplined progressive wing
Conservative litigators who hope to move the law to the right by bringing cases to the Supreme Court have overreached… They are trying to move the law farther right than Kennedy or Roberts think reasonable. — University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner, explaining why the U.S. Supreme Court’s progressive wing has prevailed in a [...
Jun 30 The data and details of the Sherlock Holmes canon, visualized
The data and details of the Sherlock Holmes canon, visualized The Guardian has published a striking set of images which depict some interesting facts about the Sherlock Holmes canon. The famous fictional detective appeared in several dozen stories authored by British author Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jun 29 Revised transportation package clears Washington State Senate on bipartisan vote
Moments ago, the Washington State Senate took yet another significant vote, this time concerning transportation revenue. By an overwhelming four-to-one margin, the Senate voted to approve SB 5987, which would raise the gas tax and vehicle weight fees to pay for a long list of highway projects, a shorter list of rail, bike, and pedestrian […]
Jun 29 NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired
NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired Comcast-owned NBC announced today it is severing all ties with racist real estate tycoon Donald Trump. It will unwind its involvement in the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and follow Univision’s lead in not televising the event. Furthermore, neither Trump nor his kids will be involved in future...
Jun 28 When a company is put up for sale, in many cases, your data is, too
When a company is put up for sale, in many cases, your data is, too Some Internet companies claim they will not sell users’ data, but certain clauses found in their terms of service allow them to transfer user data if a merger occurs. The New York Times explains.