Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through insightful 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, fellow activists, and the public. 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

Oct 20 Sound Transit 3: The opportunity of a generation
Seattle Subway: “Over a century after the first vote for a fast and reliable train system in the Seattle area, it’s finally our generation’s chance to right a hundred years years of wrongs and build a reliable train system to allow people to travel completely separate from traffic, as well as making many other investments [R...
Oct 19 Fiscal foolishness
"Over all, Chris Wallace was better than I expected. But he was pretty bad on fiscal issues," writes Paul Krugman.
Oct 19 Liveblogging the final presidential debate of 2016 from the great Pacific Northwest
Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the final presidential debate of 2016. NPI staff will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump as it progresses. The debate, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, is being broadcast on all maj...
Oct 19 State Representative Tana Senn (D-41st District) offers remarks at a forum sponsored by the Leagu...
State Representative Tana Senn (D-41st District) offers remarks at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters
Oct 19 Seaside’s crumbling schools: Infrastructure woes add to tsunami fears
"It’s one thing to hear about the crumbling condition of Seaside’s high school, middle school and Gearhart Elementary School. It’s another to take a tour and see them firsthand," writes The Daily Astorian's RJ Marx, beginning a report on the appalling, abysmal conditions of the Oregon coastal city's schools.
Oct 18 Chris Reykdal, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chris Reykdal, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction