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

Jul 24 Jinyoung Englund vs. Jinyoung Englund: Past tweets contradict candidate’s mailer claims
With Washington’s 2017 Top Two election set to conclude in less than ten days, the fight for control of the Washington State Senate has been heating up. Voters across the 45th Legislative District (Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammmish) — who will decide which party controls the Senate in 2018 — are now receiving mailers for...
Jul 23 All of Garden delivers a brilliantly sardonic response to Olive Garden’s lawyer’s takedown attempt
I am not aware of any law against reviewing food and describing it using the name of the company from which it was procured. Some might even call it Nominative Fair Use. I have helpfully included a link to Wikipedia™, The Free Encyclopedia™, for more information on this concept, in case you are new. Just […]
Jul 23 Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee
Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee
Jul 23 Governor Jay Inslee meets a Manka volunteer
Governor Jay Inslee meets a Manka volunteer
Jul 23 Governor Jay Inslee rallies volunteer canvassers for Manka Dhingra
Governor Jay Inslee rallies volunteer canvassers for Manka Dhingra
Jul 22 Voters in Washington are enthusiastic about putting a price on pollution, NPI poll finds
Nearly three in five Washington voters agree it’s time for the state to put a price on pollution to fund a socially responsible transition to clean energy, according to a survey conducted last month by Public Policy Polling for NPI. 59% of likely 2018 voters surveyed agree that Washington State should reduce emissions of air pollutants [&#...