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 publications

Oct 4 Sanders: Republicans have forgotten life under Dubya, blame Obama for all their problems
A serious illness that seems to afflict Republican presidential candidates. They can’t help it, but they just cannot remember the way things were seven years ago. —  Bernie Sanders: Republicans blame Obama for all their problems
Oct 4 The myth behind buying guns for self defense
The myth behind buying guns for self defense Writing for Politico, Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes explain that guns are more likely to do harm than good.
Oct 2 She was a conservative pundit. He was a liberal activist. At home, none of that mattered.
She was a conservative pundit. He was a liberal activist. At home, none of that mattered. The Washington Post‘s Jessica Contrera offers a well-written, touching appreciation of White House staffer Jake Brewer and his family. Brewer was tragically killed in a charity bike race two weekends ago, leaving behind his wife Mary Katherine Ham and...
Oct 1 President Obama responds to UCC shooting: “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough”
This afternoon, President Obama took to the podium of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to speak in response to today’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College near Rosenburg, Oregon. The President decried Congress’ failure to address gun violence in stark, blunt terms. Partial transcript: PRESIDENT OBAMA: There is a gun for r...
Oct 1 At least ten shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; more injured
Gun violence has once again left dozens of people dead and wounded at a place of learning, this time right here in the great Pacific Northwest: An incident with an active shooter has taken place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg that has left at least 10 people dead and more than 20 injured. According […]
Oct 1 Colin Powell: Trump doesn’t speak for all Republicans on immigration
If I was around Mr. Trump — Donald, who I know rather well — I would say, ‘You know, Don, let’s see what happens — let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow… Let’s see what happens.” — Colin Powell, telling Walter Issacson that Donald Trump doesn’t speak for all […]