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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

Sep 1 Brian Hatfield leaving Washington State Senate to take job with Inslee administration
For the second time in as many days, a Democratic lawmaker has decided to move on from the Legislature and take a job offering better compensation and benefits in Governor Jay Inslee’s administration. Yesterday, it was State Representative Ross Hunter (D-48th District); today it’s Senator Brian Hatfield (D-19th District: Aberdeen, Lo...
Aug 31 JCPOA with Iran will increase global security: An open letter to uncommitted Democrats
Text of NPI's open letter to Democratic members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest who have not yet committed to support to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Aug 31 Governor Jay Inslee appoints 48th LD’s Ross Hunter as new Director of Early Learning
State Representative Ross Hunter (D-48th District: Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Medina, Clyde Hill, the Points communities) will soon be leaving the Legislature to join Jay Inslee’s administration as Director of the Department of Early Learning, the governor’s office announced in a late-morning press release. “With landmark investmen...
Aug 30 Mount McKinley is now officially Mount Denali, thanks to President Obama
President Barack Obama has given Interior Secretary Sally Jewell the go-ahead to officially rename Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. With the name change official at the federal level, we should start to see mapmakers, encyclopedia publishers, and others honor the mountain's true name.
Aug 30 Fisherman on the dock at Lake Sammamish
Fisherman on the dock at Lake Sammamish
Aug 30 The Flooding of America
The Flooding of America The New Republic offers a chronology of major floods in America going back to the publication’s founding, complete with stories from its archives chronicling the wake of each.