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

Oct 21 Ignore the Seattle Times editorial board and the naysayers — vote YES on Sound Transit 3
To the astonishment of no one, the Seattle Times editorial board this week published an editorial formally recommending a “no” vote on Regional Proposition 1, the bold and much needed plan to expand light rail, commuter rail, and express bus service that’s on the ballot in urban Puget Sound. Commonly known as Sound Transit 3 [&...
Oct 21 Hillary Clinton’s full remarks at the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
Hillary Clinton’s full remarks at the 2016 Al Smith Dinner “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came together in New York City to ‘roast’ each other at the Al Smith charity dinner,” notes C-SPAN. “This event took place just one day after the two candidates participated in their final presidential debate. The Al S...
Oct 21 Majority of Stranger’s Election Control Board: We believe you should vote NO on Initiative 732
Ansel Herz, Sydney Brownstone, Ana Sofia Knauf and Heidi Groover -- four of the seven members of this year Stranger Election Control Board -- took to Slog yesterday to explain why they strongly oppose CarbonWA's I-732. In their powerful commentary, they revealed their votes were overridden by the publisher of The Stranger.
Oct 20 Paul Ryan keeps invoking Bernie Sanders to rile up his base, delighting Bernie’s team
Bernie Sanders and his team are certainly having a banner week. While the Vermont Senator travels the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton, his team has been working to fully capitalize on Paul Ryan’s recent attempts to rile up his right wing base by invoking Sanders as a bogeyman. Team Sanders has responded by sending out […]
Oct 20 Sound Transit 3: The opportunity of a generation
Seattle Subway: “Over a century after the first vote for a fast and reliable train system in the Seattle area, it’s finally our generation’s chance to right a hundred years years of wrongs and build a reliable train system to allow people to travel completely separate from traffic, as well as making many other investments [R...
Oct 19 Fiscal foolishness
"Over all, Chris Wallace was better than I expected. But he was pretty bad on fiscal issues," writes Paul Krugman.