Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through insightful 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, fellow activists, and the public. 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

Sep 26 Liveblogging the first presidential debate of 2016 from the great Pacific Northwest
Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the first presidential debate of 2016. NPI staff will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump as it progresses. The debate, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, is being broadcast on all maj...
Sep 26 BIG NEWS: Attorney General Ferguson files *three* new complaints against Tim Eyman!
Responding to a set of citizen’s action notices sent earlier this year by Washingtonians For Ethical Government and Keep Washington Rolling, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced this morning it has filed three new complaints in Thurston County Superior Court against Tim Eyman and his associates for serious violations of W...
Sep 25 A spoiled brat named Little Donnie Thwimp: The importance of sound symbolism
"As strange as it may sound, the sound symbolism of a name has become an unnamed central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. As a cognitive linguist, my job is to study the issue and, at the very least, to name it," George Lakoff writes.
Sep 24 Sound Transit inaugurates service on Angle Lake Link, bringing light rail to S. 200th Street
The communities of South King County, and leaders from around the Puget Sound Region gathered this morning in Seatac to officially inaugurate service to and from Sound Transit’s newest Link light rail station at South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South. Angle Lake is the first of several new Link extensions approved and funded under […]
Sep 24 The train is now arriving… at Angle Lake Station
The train is now arriving… at Angle Lake Station
Sep 24 Laura Haddatz's "Cloud", seen from below
Laura Haddatz's "Cloud", seen from below