Welcome!

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.

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

May 23 The TPP is ‘disastrous for working families’ and central to the 2016 campaign
"The popular fury over trade policies that have devastated American communities is rarely taken seriously by the political and media elites that keep trying to narrow the national political discourse into an endless loop of empty discussions about personalities and tactics. But trade is a huge issue on the ground in states where Americans actual...
May 22 Watch President Obama hold a press conference live from Vietnam
At around 11:05 PM Pacific Time, President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference with President Quang of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.
May 21 Tribal member Barbara Lewis explains why she'd make a good National Convention delegate to the 1s...
Tribal member Barbara Lewis explains why she'd make a good National Convention delegate to the 1st CD's Bernie Sanders subcaucus
May 21 Varisha Khan and Richard Marshall, the chosen Democratic Elector and Democratic Alternate from th...
Varisha Khan and Richard Marshall, the chosen Democratic Elector and Democratic Alternate from the 1st Congressional District
May 19 New 564 area code coming to western Washington; 10 digit dialing will be required
It's official: Washington State will soon be getting a new area code (number 564). The Utilities and Transportation Commission has signed off on a plan to make the new area code available to the western half of the state, "including the 360, 206, 253, and 425 area codes as numbers in those areas become exhausted," the agency said in a press rele...
May 18 Earth’s relentless climate crisis just hit a terrible new threshold
"The number of climate records broken in the last few years is stunning. But here's a new measure of misery: Not only did we just experience the hottest April in 137 years of record keeping, but it was the 12th consecutive month to set a new record," Bloomberg reports.