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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.

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–noun: the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

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–adjective: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

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Headlines from our publications

Feb 6 Senate Republicans trip all over themselves trying to explain Lynn Peterson’s ouster
In the wake of yesterday’s surprise vote to remove Lynn Peterson as Washington Secretary of Transportation, Senate Republicans have been asked, again and again, by their Democratic colleagues as well as by reporters: Why are you doing this? Different Republican senators have been giving different answers, especially in one-on-one interview...
Feb 6 Snohomish County’s 5th District PCOs meet to choose nominees to succeed Dave Somers
Good morning, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the special nominating caucus to fill the council vacancy created by the election of Dave Somers as Snohomish County Executive. This special nominating caucus has been called by the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee in accordance with state party rules, to select three nominee...
Feb 5 Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson forced out by Senate Republicans
After three years on the job, Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson’s employment has been abruptly terminated — though not by Governor Jay Inslee, the chief executive who hired her and who she reports to by law. Instead, in a stunning turn of events, Peterson is being forced to pack her bags by the […]
Feb 5 Bernie Sanders to appear on Saturday Night Live
Via MSNBC: "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to take a break from the campaign trail in New Hampshire to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, a campaign aide told NBC News. Details of the appearance are still being worked out, but the show has not confirmed the senator’s cameo."
Feb 4 Liveblogging the fifth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest
Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the fourth Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being broadcast by MSNBC. If you don’t have cable, you can livestream the debate online. Courtesy of MSNBC, here’s how you […]
Feb 4 Washington State House passes Voting Rights Act (again) on a party-line vote
A revised version of the Washington Voting Rights Act, championed by Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1st District: Bothell, Kirkland, Mill Creek), today passed out of the Washington State House of Representatives without a single vote to spare, thanks to Republicans’ refusal to provide a single vote in support. (Democrats currently have a b...