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 5 Bernie Sanders to appear on Saturday Night Live
Via MSNBC: "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to take a break from the campaign trail in New Hampshire to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, a campaign aide told NBC News. Details of the appearance are still being worked out, but the show has not confirmed the senator’s cameo."
Feb 4 Liveblogging the fifth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest
Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the fourth Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being broadcast by MSNBC. If you don’t have cable, you can livestream the debate online. Courtesy of MSNBC, here’s how you […]
Feb 4 Washington State House passes Voting Rights Act (again) on a party-line vote
A revised version of the Washington Voting Rights Act, championed by Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1st District: Bothell, Kirkland, Mill Creek), today passed out of the Washington State House of Representatives without a single vote to spare, thanks to Republicans’ refusal to provide a single vote in support. (Democrats currently have a b...
Feb 4 Bernie Sanders fires back at Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein for “dangerous moments” comment
I have to say, I find it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about “dangerous moments” after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country, when their greed and recklessness caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, livelihoods, and homes just a few years...
Feb 4 President Obama at Maryland mosque: “You fit in here”
The Baltimore Sun reports: "President Barack Obama, speaking in Baltimore County during his first visit to a U.S. mosque, urged voters to reject the 'inexcusable political rhetoric' he said is emanating from the presidential campaign trail as he called on Americans to embrace a common humanity."
Feb 3 Countries sign the TPP… Whatever happened to the ‘debate’ we were promised before signing?
TechDirect's Mike Masnick reacts to the news that the twelve nations involved in the gargantuan Trans-Pacific Partnership have "signed" the pact. The TPP has been called a trade deal, but most of the TPP's provisions actually have more to do with creating rules favorable to multinational corporations that could trump national laws intended to pr...