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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.


NPI, defined

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

Feb 9 Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump projected to win in New Hampshire after polls close
Now that most of the state’s polls have closed, America’s cable and broadcast networks are projecting that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — who each finished second place in the Iowa caucuses last week — have won the Democratic and Republican 2016 presidential primaries in New Hampshire. Early unofficial results show bot...
Feb 9 Is your school district having an election today? If it is, don’t forget to vote!
A reminder to all Cascadia Advocate readers who live in Washington that today is Election Day! Tonight, at 8 PM, is the the deadline to return ballots in the first of two special election periods scheduled to be held this year. We really ought to do away with special elections altogether and save a lot […]
Feb 8 Here we go again: Tim Eyman resumes his war on Sound Transit and Link light rail
Tim Eyman is losing in court and under investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson for substantive violations of Washington public disclosure law, but that’s not stopping him from swinging for the fences in 2016. Today, Eyman announced that he plans to qualify not one, but two initiatives to the ballot this year. The first, unveiled [&#...
Feb 7 Larry David, Bernie Sanders team up for latest episode of SNL
A highlight of last night's SNL was this sketch, which paired Larry David and Bernie Sanders together as emigrants coming to America's shores.
Feb 7 Smooth move, Democrats! Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to debate in Flint, Michigan
Having yielded to the Democratic presidential candidates’ desire for more debates, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that the party is officially sanctioning an eighth debate, which will appropriately be held in the city of Flint, Michigan, which is suffering from a lead poisoning crisis resulting from Republican Gove...
Feb 6 Senate Republicans trip all over themselves trying to explain Lynn Peterson’s ouster
In the wake of yesterday’s surprise vote to remove Lynn Peterson as Washington Secretary of Transportation, Senate Republicans have been asked, again and again, by their Democratic colleagues as well as by reporters: Why are you doing this? Different Republican senators have been giving different answers, especially in one-on-one interview...