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

Feb 17 Rural Republicans: Tim Eyman’s I-747 is choking the life out of our cities and counties
Yesterday, the Senate Committee on State Government held a hearing on legislation that would replace Tim Eyman’s arbitrary cap on property taxes with more reasonable limits tied to drivers of local governments’ costs. The legislation, Senate Bill 5772, is prime sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen and cosponsored by Republican Senator...
Feb 16 Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell, nationally renowned following the litigation in ...
Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell, nationally renowned following the litigation in State of Washington v. Trump
Feb 16 Attorney General Bob Ferguson celebrates another legal victory: a unanimous state Supreme Court r...
Attorney General Bob Ferguson celebrates another legal victory: a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling holding that businesses may not discriminate against LGBT couples
Feb 15 Another glimpse of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteen...
Another glimpse of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration
Feb 15 Wide angle view of some of the hydroplanes at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for ...
Wide angle view of some of the hydroplanes at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration
Feb 15 King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson speaks at Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celeb...
King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson speaks at Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration