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 22nd, 2015, 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 publications

Jul 3 This Independence Day, don’t get burned: Let the professionals set off the fireworks
Independence Day is almost here, and as the celebration of America’s founding has inched closer, federal, state and local officials have become increasingly vocal about the dangers posed by setting off fireworks, particularly with conditions so dry this year. Authorities are emphatically urging people to go see a community sponsored, profe...
Jul 2 Tim Eyman turns in signatures for I-1366 as opposition coalition roster continues to grow
This morning in Olympia, Tim Eyman showed up at the Secretary of State’s Elections Annex to turn in signatures for I-1366, his latest and most destructive initiative yet, more than four hours ahead of the 3 PM appointment that he had scheduled. In a departure from tradition, Eyman decided not to hold a press conference […]
Jul 1 NO on I-1366 Committee forms; will respond to Tim Eyman’s signature turn-in tomorrow
Efforts to build a broad coalition to stop Tim Eyman’s I-1366 received a major boost today with NPI and Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve’s announcement of the formation of a statewide campaign committee to oppose the initiative. I-1366 would slash the state sales tax by about $1 billion a year in April of 2016 if […]
Jul 1 Washington State House passes amended transportation revenue bill; Senate concurs
It took until the wee hours of the morning, but the Legislature has finally reached agreement on the revenue component for a new transportation package. By a vote of fifty-four to forty-four, the House of Representatives voted to send an amended version of Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5987 (2ESSB 5987) over to the Senate. […]
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.