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.

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

Oct 8 Boehner ally: ‘Very real’ chance Republicans will need Democrats to elect next Speaker
We may need a bipartisan coalition to elect our next Speaker… That’s a very real possibility right now, and I think anybody who’s honest about this knows it. They may not want to talk about it, but they know it. — Pennsylvania Republican and John Boehner ally Charlie Dent, speaking to reporters outside the doors […]
Oct 8 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: We’re not endorsing anyone for speaker
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: Good afternoon, everybody.  (Laughter.)  Anybody have any news they’d like to discuss?  (Laughter.) QUESTION: — haven’t seen the remarks yet — JOSH EARNEST: Well, you can TiVo it.  I’ll be honest, I did have a topper, but in light of breaking news, we’ll save it for Tuesday. So yo...
Oct 8 President Obama heading to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow morning
President Barack Obama will make two stops in the Pacific Northwest tomorrow before heading to California for the weekend, the White House has confirmed. The President will depart Joint Base Andrews around 9:15 AM Eastern for a cross-country flight to Eugene, Oregon. Obama is scheduled to land in Track Town USA around 11:40 AM Pacific. […]
Oct 8 Tongue-in-cheek Craigslist ad seeks applicants for Speaker of the U.S. House
This is brilliant. Democratic Congressman Mark Takano of California writes, “Republicans are struggling to select the next Speaker of the House. I thought I’d help out by posting a Craigslist ad for the position.” SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE (Washington, D.C.) Are you an American Citizen? Do you have experience negotiating hostage sit...
Oct 8 Shut down the Select Committee on Benghazi
Shut down the Select Committee on Benghazi The New York Times editorializes: “Lawmakers have long abused their investigative authority for political purposes. But the effort to find Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the Libya attacks, was personally responsible for the deaths has lost any semblance of credibility. It’...
Oct 7 Canada’s technology sector a big loser in final TPP deal, BlackBerry cofounder says
Canada’s technology sector a big loser in final TPP deal, BlackBerry cofounder says The Globe and Mail talks to former BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie, Tamir Israel of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa, and University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab researcher Christopher Parsons about the impact of the Trans-Pacif...