Juan Mendez’s Plagiarized Candidate Questionnaire

In 2016, the Arizona Republic sent then-State Representative Juan Mendez a candidate questionnaire to fill out while he campaigned for the Arizona Senate. The questionnaire was intended to help constituents “vote with confidence.”

A review of Mendez’s answers has found that significant portions of his answers were plagiarized. You can read our story about the plagiarism HERE or check out the substantiating research below.

The text in blue is intended to highlight the plagiarized portions. The text in bold is intended to highlight subtle changes made by Mendez, possibly in order to evade plagiarism-checking services.

GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT

Juan Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Department Of Water Resources:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE:No single strategy can address projected water supply imbalances across the state. While we should always recognize the uniqueness of the regions throughout Arizona and their varying challenges nobody anywhere should be able to develop without an assurance of at the least 100 years of water. (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED:No single strategy can address projected water supply imbalances across the State. Instead a portfolio of strategies needs to be implemented dependent on the needs of each area of the State. It is very important to recognize the uniqueness of the various regions throughout the State and the varying challenges facing those regions.” (“Securing Arizona’s Water Future,” Arizona Department Of Water Resources, 2014)

ABORTION PART 1

Juan Mendez Plagiarized The Austin Chronicle:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE: “We’ve already been barred from passing unnecessary laws that have the purpose or effect of placing substantial obstacles in the ability of women to access their constitutional rights without interference. Arizona’s recent attack on women’s choice the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements, requiring new HVAC systems, and the requiring of widening hallways is not only entirely unnecessary but also a flatout obstruction to basic health care. The undue burden tests was supposed to balance the state’s interest with women’s access to their constitutional right.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “. . . but also barred them from passing ‘unnecessary’ laws that have ‘the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus.’ . . . ‘Both the admitting privileges and the surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution,’ wrote Breyer for the majority opinion. The ASC rule would force providers to make costly changes — including installing new HVAC systems, and widening hallways — deemed not only ‘entirely unnecessary’ but an impediment to basic health care. . . . The ‘undue burden’ test allows the court to balance the state’s interest in protecting fetal life with the ability of women to access their constitutional right without interference.” (Mary Tuma, “An Undue Burden: Supremes Vindicate Pro-Choice Texans,” Austin Chronicle, 07/01/16)

ABORTION PART 2

Juan Mendez Plagiarized A Supreme Court Justice:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE: “It was never meant as an excuse for republicans to legislate their disgust for a women’s right to choose. The fact that the republicans feigned concerns for women’s health while neither of these provisions offers medical benefits does not justify these undue burdens on a woman’s right to choose.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “We conclude that neither of these provisions confers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, Casey, supra, at 878 (plurality opinion), and each violates the Federal Constitution.” (Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, Opinion Of The Court — Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department Of State Health Services, et al., Page 2, Supreme Court Of The United States, 06/27/16)

ABORTION PART 3

Juan Mendez Plagiarized Planned Parenthood:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE:Woman, not politicians, should make the informed decisions when it comes to her own pregnancy.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “The bottom line is that a woman, not politicians, should make the informed decisions when it comes to her own pregnancy.” (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Accessed 2018)

MARIJUANA

Juan Mendez Plagiarized A Washington Post Columnist:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE:The ‘war on drugs’ has never had any success in its campaign to end the popularity or use of cannabis. Nor, after decades of common use, has cannabis been proved to be the evil weed of ‘Reefer Madness.’ We would all be better off had we dedicated our resources to education and treatment rather than, through prohibition, to empowering criminals and cartels, not to mention ruining our youth’s lives, systematically creating second class citizens with results that put Jim Crow Laws to shame. Cannabis isn’t altogether harmless — abuse is abuse — but adults should be able to consume it without fear of legal repercussions, just as we consume alcohol. Our children should be offered treatment before they are labeled criminals for behaviors that mostly required parental attention.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED:The ‘war on drugs’ (beware government domestic wars) hasn’t made a dent in the popularity of pot. Nor, after decades of common use, has it been proved to be the evil weed of ‘Reefer Madness.’ How much better to have dedicated our resources to education and treatment rather than, through prohibition, to empowering criminals and cartels, not to mention ruining young lives with ‘criminal’ records. . . . Marijuana isn’t necessarily harmless — abuse is abuse — but adults should be able to consume it without fear of legal repercussions, just as we consume alcohol. . . . I couldn’t imagine then or now that children might be labeled criminals for behaviors that mostly required parental attention.” (Kathleen Parker, “Give Marijuana Smokers A Little Leeway,” Washington Post, 01/17/14)

GUN RIGHTS

Juan Mendez Plagiarized President Barack Obama:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE: “It’s irresponsible to sit back and pretend there isn’t anything to be done about mass shootings or gun safety. I’m committed to common sense solutions that don’t interfere with the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. I support a universal background check that makes it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun – convicted felons and people convicted of domestic violence. Our current background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer need to be expanded to guns purchased at our many gun shows or over the internet, otherwise why have background checks at all. No single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence but never trying feels like complacency.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “It‘s a proposal that will save lives without interfering with the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. . . . By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. . . . All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet. . . . As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil.” (Arizona School Administrators, “Statement By The President,” White House, 04/17/13)

SCHOOL CHOICE

Juan Mendez Plagiarized Arizona School Administrators:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE: “Until our traditional public schools are adequately funded and maintained, I will honor my constitutional duty to keep taxpayer dollars in our public school classrooms by standing up to the anti-education legislation and special interests who wish to dismantle our public school system. ESA’s goal is to move designated tax money out of the public sector and transfer it into private hands.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “It appears that the goal of the current education-reform movement is to move designated ‘tax money’ out of the public sector and transfer it into private hands.” (“Reformers Seek To Dismantle Public Schools,” Arizona Republic, 03/16/14)

INCOME TAX

Juan Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Capitol Times:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE:Corporate income taxes are already scheduled to be cut over the next couple of years and our individual income tax rates already range from 2.59% for the lowest tax bracket to 4.54% for the highest. Lower taxes are unrealistic and irresponsible. Taxes can’t be cut further without more major budget cuts or increases in other regressive taxes to offset the lost revenue. According to the nonpartisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee just for fiscal year 2015 the corporate income tax cut will cost the state $35.7M. The next cut is projected to add another $35.8M to the state deficit. Why is this an acceptable way to add to our deficit, but we can’t invest our taxes in our own schools and communities.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED:Corporate income taxes are already scheduled to decrease over the next three years. . . . Arizona’s individual income tax rates range from 2.59 percent for the lowest tax bracket to 4.54 percent for the highest. Despite widespread conservative support for low taxes, some candidates are criticizing the trio for touting a plan that the critics say is unrealistic and even irresponsible. And several economists say income taxes couldn’t be scrapped without either major budget cuts or increases in other taxes to offset the lost revenue.” (Jeremy Duda, “Income Tax Cuts Emerge As Key Issue In AZ GOP Gubernatorial Race,” Arizona Capitol Times, 06/02/14)

FAVORITE PLACE

Juan Mendez Plagiarized The U.S. Forest Service:

WHAT MENDEZ WROTE: “My favorite place in Arizona is the Fossil Creek Trail in Strawberry outside of Payson it’s one of two Wild and Scenic rivers in Arizona. It’s a rare riparian area with many Dilzhé’é (Western Apache) cultural sites. Also with year round water it’s a natural water park with tunnels and caves to swim in, rope swings and waterfalls to jump off Advance permits are required from May 1st through October 1st. Maybe I’ll see you hiking after the election.” (2016 Voters Guide, e.thePeople, Accessed 2018)

WHAT MENDEZ PLAGIARIZED: “Fossil Creek is one of two Wild and Scenic rivers in Arizona. . . . Fossil Creek is a rare riparian area within an arid landscape. . . . Fossil Creek has a number of Dilzhe’e (Western Apache) cultural sites. . . . Advance permits are required to park a vehicle within the Fossil Creek Permit Area from April 1 through October 1.” (“Fossil Creek Wild And Scenic River, AZ,” United States Forest Service, Accessed 2018)

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