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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.

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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 7 The mad scramble to get off the Republican debate bubble
Tossing Trump in on stage turns every debate into a fiasco, which is bad for the Republican Party but ratings manna for the cable networks. We have finally found where Fox News and conservative politics diverge: Donald Trump. — Will Leitch: The mad scramble to get off the Republican debate bubble (Bloomberg Politics)
Jul 7 Leading cryptographers oppose FBI’s desire for built-in backdoor to bypass encryption
Leading cryptographers oppose FBI’s desire for built-in backdoor to bypass encryption A group of elite cryptographers today released a paper concluding that any laws requiring that the United States and British governments be able to break into encrypted systems by way of a legally-mandated backdoor would be incredibly dangerous to the sec...
Jul 6 Have your say; help shape Sound Transit 3!
Readers, Sound Transit would like us to remind you that this Wednesday is the last day to weigh in on the next phase of Sound Transit 3 planning. Our regional transit authority wants to know what you think should be part of next year’s likely vote to bring light rail and improved bus service into […]
Jul 6 Facts about I-1366 that Tim Eyman didn’t bother to mention
This morning, Tim Eyman sent an email to the press, taking another opportunity to crow about getting signatures submitted for I-1366 and ostensibly provide information pertaining to the initiative. Here are some very important facts he didn’t bother to share: Initiatives cannot be used to change the state Constitution: Eyman has falsely be...
Jul 6 South Carolina lawmakers begin debate on Confederate battle flag
You couldn’t repeat it today, what was being said then about the fact that we were going to be going to school with black children… The heritage the flag stands for in my view is about the 1960s, rather than the 1860s. — Republican State Senator Larry A. Martin, a former Confederate flag supporter, who […]
Jul 6 With ‘no’ Greek vote, Tsipras wins a victory that could carry a steep price
What we need now is more wisdom from both sides… Greece can’t go on because we’re on the edge of cliff. After all this, the question is whether our partners would be so unwise as to push Greece over the edge, because that would be damaging for everyone. — Loukas Tsoukalis, the president of the […]