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Why is the California state legislature so polarized?

Check out this chart, from a Measuring American Legislatures post on the possibilities for the upcoming NJ Senate appointment:

What’s going on with California?  There are other states where the Democrats and Republicans in the statehouse are separated by a wide gap in this score (I live in one of them) but California is in a different realm.  To my eye, it looks like it has the most liberal Democratic caucus and the most conservative Republican caucus of any state legislature in the country.  Why?

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