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Two decades! NPI celebrates twenty years of revolutionizing grassroots politics today

Since August 22nd, 2003, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute has been work­ing from Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, and Ida­ho to expand free­dom and increase pros­per­i­ty for every­one in our region and beyond. Our insight­ful research and imag­i­na­tive advo­ca­cy have been and con­tin­ue to be a engine of progress in a dif­fi­cult peri­od in our his­to­ry… an age of insur­rec­tion, to quote from our friend David Neiwert. 

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NPI’s tricolor logo gets a new, Cascadia-inspired palette: Meet “Forest & Mountains”

A new year has arrived, and with it a new look for NPI. Today, we’re unveil­ing a new iter­a­tion of our durable tri­col­or logo, using a palette inspired by the region we serve and love. Take a look: We call this palette “For­est & Moun­tains” because it was inspired by one of our favorite pho­tographs of Mount […]

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Browse with confidence: NPI’s core network now encrypting all visits by default

It seems like hard­ly a week goes by these days when we don’t hear about yet anoth­er data breach or new­­ly-dis­­­cov­­ered exploit in wide­ly used soft­ware. Bad neigh­bor­hoods have exist­ed on the Inter­net for a long time, but dan­ger now seems to present itself at every turn. There’s mal­ware lurk­ing all over the place, email […]

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U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

As of this evening, we are just sev­en­teen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which (as in past years!) will be tak­ing place in the heart of King Coun­ty at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Events Cen­ter. For the past few months, we’ve been busy orga­niz­ing the event and putting togeth­er a great […]

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Grandpa George Storm: 1915–2014

Sad news to share today: I’ve just learned that Grand­pa George Storm, the patri­arch of my moth­er’s fam­i­ly and the best sto­ry­teller I’ve ever known, died peace­ful­ly this morn­ing, before dawn. He was nine­­ty-eight years old. My fam­i­ly and I had known this day was com­ing for some time — Grand­pa had been cop­ing with complications […]

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Robert Cruickshank elected president of the Northwest Progressive Institute for 2014

Spring has often been called the sea­son of renew­al, and we’ve always thought it’s as good of a time as any to recal­i­brate and reor­ga­nize. To that end, each March, before we file our year­ly report with the Sec­re­tary of State’s office, our board holds its annu­al meet­ing. The prin­ci­pal busi­ness of this meet­ing is […]

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NPI launches, a microsite that demystifies ballot measures

On behalf of the team at here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute, I’m pleased to announce this evening that we have launched, a new microsite designed to help pro­gres­sive vot­ers nav­i­gate the many mea­sures on the 2013 gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot in Wash­ing­ton State. (Microsites, for those who don’t speak tech, are very small stand­alone websites […]

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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Yes­ter­day, King Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors charged Michael Wal­ter King, the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the now-defunct Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (SDCC) with six counts of theft fol­low­ing a six month inves­ti­ga­tion, in which Seat­tle police found that King had stolen more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars from the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus to fund his […]

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NPI’s (unconventional) newsgathering credo: Accuracy and context are more important than getting it first or getting it fast

Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the third post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board mem­bers. I came to Wash­ing­ton in 1992, but I did­n’t become involved in pol­i­tics until 1999 when I […]

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Ready for a new decade: NPI to begin its next ten years with a capable, committed board

Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the sec­ond post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board mem­bers. NPI has come a long way in ten years.  I moved to Wash­ing­ton State in 1997, but […]