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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.

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

Aug 29 Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Iowa
Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Iowa “The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows concerns about Clinton, enthusiasm for Sanders and the possibility of Biden roiling the Democratic field,” Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev reports.
Aug 29 Union-owned Amalgamated Bank boosts Democratic and progressive campaigns
Union-owned Amalgamated Bank boosts Democratic and progressive campaigns The New York Times profiles the labor-owned Amalgamated Bank, ninety-two years old and still going. Amalgamated has become increasingly helpful to Democratic and progressive campaigns, providing, in the words of the Times, a “lift to the left”.
Aug 28 Father of murdered journalist blasts NRA, promises unceasing fight for sensible gun laws
And I know the NRA, I know what their position is going to be. I can hear it now. They’re going to say, ‘Oh, gee, well, if they were carrying, this never would’ve happened.’ Well, I got news for you: If Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t […]
Aug 28 Go “Downtown” with Ken Griffey Jr. in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest music video
The Seattle-based hip hop duo are back with a new music video that pairs a catchy tune with scenes of moped riding and choreographed dancing in downtown Spokane. Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey, Jr. makes multiple cameo appearances. The song is called “Downtown“. Watch it, and then watch it again.
Aug 27 Major business group stops fundraising for Republicans due to Ex-Im Bank charter expiration
Major business group stops fundraising for Republicans due to Ex-Im Bank charter expiration Republicans are starting to suffer some political repercussions from the business community over their failure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The Hill reports: “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is indefinitely postponing a sla...
Aug 27 Time for a change in the weather! Rain is on its way to the Pacific Northwest
And we certainly do need it! From the National Weather Service: A change to wet and cooler weather is in store for Western Washington… Today will be the last day of dry weather with above normal temperatures. Tonight…a change in the weather pattern will begin. The dome of high pressure that has prevailed over the […]