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 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 […]
Jul 5 A prayer for our common home from Pope Francis
Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out. — Excerpt from the English translation of the Prayer of Pope Francis.
Jul 4 East Coast comedians and pundits, take note: The real Washington is having a sunny Fourth
Thanks in part to comedians and pundits based on the East Coast, our region of the country has been mythologized as the precipitation capital of the United States, to the point that even people who live here in the Northwest crack jokes about how it’s always raining. Of course, those of us who live here […]
Jul 4 Matt Stonie beats Joey Chestnut to win 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
If you like watching men stuff hot dogs into their mouths, this is the video for you! William Foster: “Matt “Megatoad” Stonie upset eight-time defending champion Joey Chestnut to win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by polishing off 62 hot dogs and buns to Chestnut’s 60 on Saturday. For the first time in nearly [...