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

Jul 25 U.S. Senate votes to advance Trumpcare, with Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote
The United States Senate has voted by the narrowest of margins to begin considering legislation with unknown provisions that would eviscerate the Patient Protection Act signed into law by President Obama seven years ago.
Jul 25 Book Review: Lynda V. Mapes’ Witness Tree makes for pleasant summertime reading
If humanity doesn’t immediately reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other climate-warming air pollutants, global temperatures could rise by as much as 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most pessimistic forecasts. For some reason, this knowl...
Jul 24 Lessons learned, the healing within the Democratic Party begins
The Democratic Party is on its way to finding its way out of the wilderness thanks to a willngness by elected Democrats to listen to the grassroots, writes David Atkins.
Jul 24 Jinyoung Englund vs. Jinyoung Englund: Past tweets contradict candidate’s mailer claims
With Washington’s 2017 Top Two election set to conclude in less than ten days, the fight for control of the Washington State Senate has been heating up. Voters across the 45th Legislative District (Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammmish) — who will decide which party controls the Senate in 2018 — are now receiving mailers for...
Jul 23 All of Garden delivers a brilliantly sardonic response to Olive Garden’s lawyer’s takedown attempt
I am not aware of any law against reviewing food and describing it using the name of the company from which it was procured. Some might even call it Nominative Fair Use. I have helpfully included a link to Wikipedia™, The Free Encyclopedia™, for more information on this concept, in case you are new. Just […]
Jul 23 Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee
Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee