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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Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 5 PM, at Redmond’s Perrigo Park

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 24 The Benjamin Franklin Bridge at dusk in Philadelphia
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge at dusk in Philadelphia
Jul 24 Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey addresses a joint gathering of the Washington and Massachusetts D...
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey addresses a joint gathering of the Washington and Massachusetts DNC delegations
Jul 24 Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns as Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Embattled Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced that she will resign from her post once the Democratic National Convention has concluded, the party said in a statement today. Wasserman Schultz, who also serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been under fire for some time from party leaders and activ...
Jul 24 Krystal Ball: The progressive case for Tim Kaine as Vice President
Krystal Ball argues that progressive activists should look at Kaine's merits as well as his flaws -- and lays out the case for why he'd make a good successor to Joe Biden
Jul 22 It’s official: Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate
The ticket is complete: Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November. Mrs. Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message...
Jul 22 Jon Stewart takes over Stephen Colbert’s Late Show desk and it is glorious
Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk (via CBS)