Winner Takes All

As we go to press, voters are electing a new Congress, a third of the Senate, and deciding countless state and local races. Also on ballots is a bewildering menu of referendums and amendments to state constitutions. Many of these measures are worrying symptoms of our partisan, winner-take-all political culture.

A number of amendments to state constitutions would ban same-sex marriage. In Missouri, a proposed amendment to the state...

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