Juan Mendez: Five Years Of Plagiarism

For five full years, if not longer, Democratic State Senator Juan Mendez repeatedly plagiarized his floor speeches, committee speeches, and online commentary in his capacity as an elected official.

You can read our story about the plagiarism HERE or check out the substantiating research below. We recommend reading through the PDF version of this research, which provides additional context, HERE.

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.

NOTES ON SPECIFIC ITEMS

The bullet points below describe the reputation of certain sources that Juan Mendez plagiarized, the topic of the legislation about which he was speaking, and a few of the noteworthy “subtle changes” that he made, as referenced in our earlier articles.

  • House Bill 2234: Juan Mendez admitted that he writes his own speeches, telling colleagues before this plagiarized committee speech that he hopes no one will blame staff for its quality. “I would hate for staff to take responsibility for my typos and bad grammar,” he told them. “These are my explanations.”
  • House Concurrent Resolution 2005: Before explaining his opposition to “Right To Try” legislation — a ballot referral subsequently approved by more than 78 percent of Arizona voters — Juan Mendez told his colleagues that his opposition came after consulting experts in the field. “I’ve also consulted experts who have issues with legislation like this,” he told them. That was a lie. The false testimony he provided to colleagues — on legislation that quite literally determined whether terminally-ill patients across Arizona would be able to access potentially life-saving medication — was plagiarized from Wikipedia and a conspiracy theory website.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 2005: Juan Mendez plagiarized his committee speech from a website that once called the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School a “hoax.” You can find the name of the website in the research citations below for fact-checking purposes but we will not be sharing its name at the top of this document or linking to the website anywhere in the document for obvious reasons.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 2005: During his committee speech, Juan Mendez pronounced the word “efficacy” (from the source he plagiarized) as “efficiency,” indicating that he didn’t know how to pronounce some of the words that he plagiarized.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 2005: During an informal Q&A on Reddit about the “Right To Try” legislation he opposed, Juan Mendez gave participants the impression that he was answering their questions on the go. “I’m working off my phone without much at service,” he claimed. In reality, his answers were plagiarized from the same third-party sources that his committee speech was plagiarized from. This time, unlike what happened during his committee speech, Mendez correctly spelled the word “efficacy” — likely because it was only copied-and-pasted instead of him having to then say the word out loud.
  • Senate Bill 1047: This testimony is a good example of how Juan Mendez intentionally but subtly alters plagiarized text in order to give it the appearance of originality. He began his testimony by saying, “I would like to come out and share with everybody that I believe lotteries …,” which makes it sound like he’s speaking off-the-cuff. However, everything from “lotteries” forward is plagiarized. In addition to the other subtle edits he made to the plagiarized text, Mendez replaced the phrase “Atlantic City slot machine” with the phrase “Vegas slot machine,” presumably to make the plagiarized text sound like it originated in the southwest.
  • Candidate Questionnaire: Juan Mendez plagiarized significant portions of a candidate questionnaire that he filled out while running for his current position in the Arizona Senate. He responded with plagiarized answers for at least seven separate questions posed to him by the Arizona Republic. The newspaper’s questionnaire was intended to help residents across the state “vote with confidence.”

HOUSE BILL 2367

Mendez Plagiarized The National Economic & Social Rights Initiative:

What Mendez Said:Health care must be respected as a public good for all, financed publicly and equitably. A majority of Arizona citizens have expressed their concerns for health care coverage to low-income Arizonans twice via public initiative. Health care services must be accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone on an equitable basis where and when needed.” (House Reform And Human Services, Time Stamp: 01:23:35, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/06/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Health care must be provided as a public good for all, financed publicly and equitably. The human right to health care means that hospitals, clinics, medicines, and doctors’ services must be accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone, on an equitable basis, where and when needed.” (“What Is The Human Right To Health And Health Care?” National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, 12/09/13)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mendez recycled parts of this speech in February 2015, as detailed in the section below on House Bill 2075.

HOUSE BILL 2234

Mendez Plagiarized The U.S. Centers For Medicare & Medicaid:

What Mendez Said: “That means insurance companies cannot — that insurance companies have to cover people with preexisting conditions, that it is now illegal for health insurance companies to arbitrarily cancel your health insurance just because you get sick, for there to be an end to lifetime and yearly dollar limits on coverage of essential health benefits, for us to make sure that we can hold health care and insurance companies accountable for rate increases, and to cover young adults under 26.” (“House Reform And Human Services,” Time Stamp: 02:10:18, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/06/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “How the health care law protects you: creates the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new way for individuals, families, and small businesses to get health coverage; requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing health conditions; helps you understand the coverage you’re getting; holds insurance companies accountable for rate increases; makes it illegal for health insurance companies to arbitrarily cancel your health insurance just because you get sick; protects your choice of doctors; covers young adults under 26; provides free preventive care; ends lifetime and yearly dollar limits on coverage of essential health benefits.” (“Rights & Protections,” U.S. Centers For Medicare & Medicaid, Archived 11/05/14)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The excerpt from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid website has been edited for punctuation because it appears on the website as a bullet-point list.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2005 (I)

Mendez Plagiarized A Conspiracy Theory Website, Part 1:

What Mendez Said:Cancer doctor Dean Gesme of the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Professional Association has charged efforts like this bill as attempts to generate false hope in patients when the reality is that less than 10 percent of drugs beginning Phase I safety trials are eventually adopted as viable treatments. Among these, most provide only incremental benefits. Very few are life-savers.” (House Reform And Human Services, Time Stamp: 00:48:14, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/13/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Cancer doctor Dean Gesme, of the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Professional Association, charged that the rules will engender false hope in patients, when less than 10 percent of drugs beginning phase I safety trials are eventually adopted as viable treatments. Among these, most provide only incremental benefits; few are life-savers.” (David Gutierrez, “FDA Wants Big Pharma To Use Terminally Ill Patients As Guinea Pigs For Unapproved Drugs,” Natural News, 02/12/08)

Mendez Plagiarized Wikipedia:

What Mendez Said: “If this legislation is successful, if we provide almost unfettered legal access to experimental drugs by terminally ill patients, we will be radically altering the conduct of clinical cancer research as patients would then have little incentive to enter Phase II and Phase III clinical trials, which are our only means to determine side effects and efficiency of new drugs. While eligibility factors and geography may limit the ability of some terminally ill patients to access new drugs through clinical trials, these trials exist for the public safety of the entire community and serve to protect patients by collecting safety and efficiency data on new drugs under controlled circumstances.” (House Reform And Human Services, Time Stamp: 00:48:40, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/13/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “If the Abigail Alliance had been successful in court, the suit would have radically altered the conduct of clinical cancer research, by providing almost unfettered legal access to experimental drugs by terminally ill patients, who would then have little incentive to enter Phase II and Phase III clinical trials, which are used to determine side effects and efficacy of new drugs. While eligibility factors and geography may limit the ability of some terminally ill patients to access new drugs through clinical trials, those trials also protect patients by collecting safety and efficacy data on new drugs under controlled circumstances.” (“Abigail Alliance For Better Access To Developmental Drugs v. Von Eschenbach,” Wikipedia, Revised 01/14/08)

Mendez Plagiarized A Conspiracy Theory Website, Part 2:

What Mendez Said:Testing these drugs on terminally ill patients would be unfair to the patients and would potentially delay approval by obscuring the drug’s long-term effects. False hope for unapproved drugs can also erode the clinical trial system by substituting clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking for evidence-based medicine.” (House Reform And Human Services, Time Stamp: 00:49:16, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/13/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Testing these drugs on terminally ill patients would be unfair to the patients, and would potentially delay approval by obscuring the drugs’ long-term effects. ‘False hopes for unproved drugs can also erode the clinical trials system by substituting clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking for evidence based medicine,’ Gesme said.” (David Gutierrez, “FDA Wants Big Pharma To Use Terminally Ill Patients As Guinea Pigs For Unapproved Drugs,” Natural News, 02/12/08)

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2005 (II)

Mendez Plagiarized Wikipedia, Part 1:

What Mendez Said:If we provide almost unfettered legal access to experimental drugs by terminally ill patients. We will be radically altering the conduct of clinical cancer research, as patients would then have little incentive to enter Phase II and Phase III clinical trials, which are our only means to determine side effects and efficacy of new drugs. Without the collection of safety and efficacy data on new drugs under controlled circumstances we all lose out on integral research that future success in cancer drugs rely on.” (Reddit, 05/17/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “If the Abigail Alliance had been successful in court, the suit would have radically altered the conduct of clinical cancer research, by providing almost unfettered legal access to experimental drugs by terminally ill patients, who would then have little incentive to enter Phase II and Phase III clinical trials, which are used to determine side effects and efficacy of new drugs. While eligibility factors and geography may limit the ability of some terminally ill patients to access new drugs through clinical trials, those trials also protect patients by collecting safety and efficacy data on new drugs under controlled circumstances.” (“Abigail Alliance For Better Access To Developmental Drugs v. Von Eschenbach,” Wikipedia, Revised 01/14/08)

Mendez Plagiarized A Conspiracy Theory Website, Part 1:

What Mendez Said:Testing these unapproved drugs on terminally ill patients would be unfair to the patients, and would potentially delay approval of the drug by obscuring the drugs’ long-term effects. The reality is that less than 10% of drugs beginning phase I safety trials are eventually adopted as viable treatments. Among these, most provide only incremental benefits; very few are life-savers. False hopes for unapproved drugs can also erode the clinical trials system by substituting clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking for evidence based medicine.” (Reddit, 05/17/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Testing these drugs on terminally ill patients would be unfair to the patients, and would potentially delay approval by obscuring the drugs’ long-term effects. . . . Cancer doctor Dean Gesme, of the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Professional Association, charged that the rules will engender false hope in patients, when less than 10 percent of drugs beginning phase I safety trials are eventually adopted as viable treatments. Among these, most provide only incremental benefits; few are life-savers. . . . ‘False hopes for unproved drugs can also erode the clinical trials system by substituting clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking for evidence based medicine,’ Gesme said.” (David Gutierrez, “FDA Wants Big Pharma To Use Terminally Ill Patients As Guinea Pigs For Unapproved Drugs,” Natural News, 02/12/08)

Mendez Plagiarized A Conspiracy Theory Website, Part 2:

What Mendez Said:Very few of the drugs that do pass Phase 1 are viable treatments, providing only incremental benefits; very few are life-savers. . . . I’m not too worried about actual drug charlatans, but I am concerned how this issue and the idea of referring it to the ballot plays on the false hopes of the voters and those terminally ill.” (Reddit, 05/20/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “Cancer doctor Dean Gesme, of the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Professional Association, charged that the rules will engender false hope in patients, when less than 10 percent of drugs beginning phase I safety trials are eventually adopted as viable treatments. Among these, most provide only incremental benefits; few are life-savers.” (David Gutierrez, “FDA Wants Big Pharma To Use Terminally Ill Patients As Guinea Pigs For Unapproved Drugs,” Natural News, 02/12/08)

Mendez Plagiarized Wikipedia, Part 2, And A Conspiracy Theory Website, Part 3:

What Mendez Said:Without the collection of safety and efficacy data on new drugs under controlled circumstances we all lose out on integral research that future success in cancer drugs rely on. False hopes for unapproved drugs also erodes the clinical trials system by substituting evidence based medicine for clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking.” (Reddit, 05/20/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “If the Abigail Alliance had been successful in court, the suit would have radically altered the conduct of clinical cancer research, by providing almost unfettered legal access to experimental drugs by terminally ill patients, who would then have little incentive to enter Phase II and Phase III clinical trials, which are used to determine side effects and efficacy of new drugs. While eligibility factors and geography may limit the ability of some terminally ill patients to access new drugs through clinical trials, those trials also protect patients by collecting safety and efficacy data on new drugs under controlled circumstances.” (“Abigail Alliance For Better Access To Developmental Drugs v. Von Eschenbach,” Wikipedia, Revised 01/14/08)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Testing these drugs on terminally ill patients would be unfair to the patients, and would potentially delay approval by obscuring the drugs’ long-term effects. ‘False hopes for unproved drugs can also erode the clinical trials system by substituting clinical enthusiasm and wishful thinking for evidence based medicine,’ Gesme said.” (David Gutierrez, “FDA Wants Big Pharma To Use Terminally Ill Patients As Guinea Pigs For Unapproved Drugs,” Natural News, 02/12/08)

Mendez Plagiarized BBC News:

What Mendez Said:Most cancer patients are deemed ineligible for drug trials beyond phase I testing because drug corps are looking for the healthiest patients at the earliest point in their disease to give the highest probability of a positive outcome in order to fulfill regulatory requirements.” (Reddit, 05/20/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized:He points out that most cancer patients are deemed ineligible for drug trials beyond phase I testing – these tend to enlist the healthiest patients at the earliest point in their disease to give the highest probability of a positive outcome to fulfil regulatory requirements.” (“Terminal Patients As Drug Testers,” BBC News, 09/10/07)

HOUSE BILL 2153

Mendez Plagiarized The Secular Coalition For Arizona, Part 1:What Mendez Said: “But this bill allows individuals and businesses in our state to discriminate against people they do not agree with in the name of the religious freedom, resulting in increased vulnerabilities for non-believers, the LGBTQ community, and others on the targeted list of religionists.” (House Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2, Time Stamp: 02:14:11, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/20/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “. . . which dramatically expands the ability of individuals in our state to discriminate against people they don’t agree with in the name of religious belief–resulting in increased vulnerability for nonbelievers, the LGBT community, and others on the target list of religionists.” (“Take Emergency Action: Don’t Let Free Religious Exercise Become Dangerous Religious Oppression!” Secular Coalition For Arizona, 2013)

Mendez Plagiarized The Secular Coalition For Arizona, Part 2:

What Mendez Said:Evangelical lobby interests, including the Center for Arizona Policy, are explicit about the need for this bill: They say Christians and the Christian business community should not be forced to treat the LGBT community fairly. CAP continues to cite a recent New Mexico case where the state Supreme Court held that businesses cannot violate public accommodation law by refusing to provide services based on sexual orientation — and this is precisely what CAP fears for Arizona: That all Arizonans will have rights.” (House Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2, Time Stamp: 02:14:55, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/20/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Evangelical lobby interests, including the Center for Arizona Policy, are explicit about the need for this bill: they say Christians should not be forced to treat LGBT people fairly. CAP cites a recent New Mexico case where the State Supreme Court held that businesses cannot violate public accommodation law by refusing to provide services based on sexual orientation–and this is precisely what CAP fears for Arizona.” (“Take Emergency Action: Don’t Let Free Religious Exercise Become Dangerous Religious Oppression!” Secular Coalition For Arizona, 2013)

Mendez Plagiarized The Anti-Defamation League:

What Mendez Said: “This legislation will grant for-profit corporations with a powerful affirmative defense to not have to acknowledge any state law which the corporation deems religiously offensive. In an effort to allow economic power to dictate the free exercise of religion, Chik-fil-A and Hobby Lobby were just the most brazen before this law.” (House Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2, Time Stamp: 02:15:29, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/20/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “This broad definition of person would essentially include any for-profit business corporation or business entity providing them with a powerful affirmative defense to the enforcement of any state law or local ordinance which the entity deems religiously offensive. . . . As a result, SB 1062 could have the unintended consequence of severely impacting individual rights and allowing economic power to dictate the free exercise of religion. For instance, under the proposed legislation, the following would be permitted . . .” (Letter From Tracey Stewart To Senator Begay, Anti-Defamation League, 01/16/14)

Mendez Plagiarized The Secular Coalition For Arizona, Part 3:

What Mendez Said:With the mood of our country in full swing toward marriage equality and full equal rights for the LGBT community, religious ‘liberty’ arguments are being made nationwide in an effort to make sure religionists do not have to follow anti-discrimination laws as new freedoms are won. History is on our side: These regressive, disingenuous tactics were used in attempts to halt women’s suffrage, civil rights, and feminism — but these movements prevailed because of reason, compassion, and the efforts of those dedicated to equality. . . . I will not collude in an assault on the uniquely American right to religious liberty, and I will not stand idly by as religious liberty is distorted by unpatriotic efforts to privileged religion over basic human freedom.” (House Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2, Time Stamp: 02:15:54, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/20/14)

What Mendez Plagiarized:With the mood of the country in full swing toward Marriage Equality and full equal rights for LGBT people, religious ‘liberty’ arguments are being made nationwide in an effort to make sure religionists do not have to follow anti-discrimination law as new freedoms are won. History is on our side: these regressive, disingenuous tactics were used in attempts to halt Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights, and Feminism—but these movements prevailed because of reason, compassion, and the efforts of those dedicated to equality. We will NOT allow the uniquely American right to religious liberty to be distorted by unpatriotic efforts to privilege religion over basic human freedom.” (“Take Emergency Action: Don’t Let Free Religious Exercise Become Dangerous Religious Oppression!” Secular Coalition For Arizona, 2013)

PRO-CHOICE EVENT

Mendez Plagiarized Planned Parenthood, Part 1:

What Mendez Said:While we understand a women’s right to choice and abortion is a deeply personal and often a complex decision for anyone, we don’t believe you can make that decision for someone else. . . . We don’t believe you can make that decision for someone else.” (Reddit, 10/14/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman to make. You can’t make that decision for someone else.” (“Not In Her Shoes,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 2013)

Mendez Plagiarized Planned Parenthood, Part 2:

What Mendez Said:A woman should have accurate information about all of her options. Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being. Information should not be provided with the intent of coercing, shaming, or judging a woman.” (Reddit, 10/14/14; Twitter, 10/10/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized:A woman should have accurate information about all her pregnancy options. Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being. It should not be provided with the intent of shaming or coercing her.” (“Types Of State Attacks On Abortion,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 2013)

HOUSE BILL 2128

Mendez Plagiarized An Op-Ed From 2009:

What Mendez Said:If religious groups engage in charitable work that benefits the community, do all citizens have an interest in supporting such endeavors with, say, various tax exemptions? Of course, sure. I can see that. But this is the sound basis for tax exemptions for all non-profit organizations. But their activities and finances are subject to an IRS audit and public scrutiny. In the case of religious organizations, however, the books are closed. Non-religious groups receiving tax exemptions must annually file a detailed 990 statement itemizing where their money has gone. The IRS automatically waives the 990 requirement for religious groups.” (House Floor Session Part 3 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 02:32, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/05/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:I agree that if churches and other religious bodies engage in charitable work which benefits the community, we do have an interest in supporting such endeavors with various tax exemptions. This is the sound basis for tax exemptions for non-profit organizations, whose activities and finances are subject to IRS audit and public scrutiny. In the case of religious organizations, however, the books are closed. Non-church groups receiving tax exemptions must annually file a detailed 990 statement itemizing where the money has gone. The IRS automatically waives the 990 requirement for churches.” (Barbara Katz, “Why Do We Give Churches Tax Exemptions?” Gainesville Sun, 07/09/09)

Mendez Plagiarized The Freedom From Religion Foundation:

What Mendez Said:Exempting religious groups from filing the 990 form, which all other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities must file, which accounts for finances and ensuring that individuals do not profit and that money is being raised under non-profit auspices is being spent for non-profit purposes. Such exemptions for religious groups show preferential treatment.” (House Floor Session Part 3 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 03:21, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/05/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:[E]xempting houses of worship from filing the exacting 990 form which all other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities must file, accounting for finances, ensuring that individuals do not profit and that money that is being raised under nonprofit auspices is being spent for nonprofit purposes. Such exemptions for churches show preferential treatment.” (“State/Church FAQ,” Freedom From Religion Foundation, Accessed April 2018)

Mendez Plagiarized An Op-Ed From 2008:

What Mendez Said:When any group accepts a tax exemption, it agrees to play by certain rules and accepts a certain degree of oversight, but right now it is more difficult for the IRS to audit religious groups than any other charities.” (House Floor Session Part 3 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 03:52, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/05/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:When any group accepts a tax exemption, it agrees to play by certain rules and accept a certain degree of oversight. Federal law actually makes it more difficult for the IRS to audit churches than other charities.” (Erik Stanley, “Why Don’t Churches Pay Taxes?” Los Angeles Times, 09/23/08)

Mendez Plagiarized Tax The Churches:

What Mendez Said:Any religious organization that lives up to its commitment to its congregation and community would have nothing to fear from filing a tax return, just like every other non-profit. Furthermore, when these institutions pay taxes like every other non-profit, each citizen’s tax burden is significantly lessened and consequently he or she may better endow a worthy institution with individual support.” (House Floor Session Part 3 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 04:02, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/05/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:For one thing, any religious organization that lives up to its commitments to its congregation and community would have nothing to fear from filing a tax return, just like every other non-profit. For another, when these institutions pay taxes like every other non-profit, each citizen’s tax burden is significantly lessened and consequently he or she may better endow a worthy institution with individual support.” (Tax The Churches, Archived 03/27/14)

Mendez Plagiarized Rational Hedonism:

What Mendez Said:The state subsidizing of religious organizations concerns me for many reasons, but specifically because they are not accountable to the citizens who subsidize them. . . . Tax exempt status is a privilege, not a right, and religious groups should be held to the  as other non-profits, if not higher standards. . . . Also, consideration that, for every tax dollar a religious organization does not pay, you and I pay for it on its behalf. This legislation makes no sense. To deny that tax exemption is a meaningful public subsidy is to put forth an absurd proposition. Just consider whether your personal financial picture would look like if you never paid any taxes.” (House Floor Session Part 3 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 02:22, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/05/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Because religious organizations are not accountable to the citizens who subsidize them. . . . Tax-exempt status is a privilege – not a right – and churches should be held to the same standards as other non-profits – if not higher standards. . . . Consider that for every tax dollar a religious organization does not pay, you and I pay it on its behalf. . . . To deny that tax exemption is a meaningful public subsidy is to put forth an absurd proposition: just consider what your personal financial picture would look like if you never paid any taxes.” (“Tax The Churches,” Rational Hedonism, Accessed April 2018)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The excerpts above immediately appear to have been copied-and-pasted from several different sources and placed onto one website. They have been reformatted — separated by ellipses — for fluidity. Many seem to have originally appeared online in 2012.

HOUSE BILL 2075

Mendez Plagiarized The National Economic & Social Rights Initiative:

What Mendez Said:Health care in Arizona must be respected as a public good for all, financed publicly and equitably … Health care services must be accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone on an equitable basis where and when they need it, not just for five years.” (House Children And Family Affairs, Time Stamp: 02:24:22, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/16/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Health care must be provided as a public good for all, financed publicly and equitably. The human right to health care means that hospitals, clinics, medicines, and doctors’ services must be accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone, on an equitable basis, where and when needed.” (“What Is The Human Right To Health And Health Care?” National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, 12/09/13)

Mendez Repeated His 2014 Committee Speech:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many people, including us, do not necessarily consider a lawmaker repeating his own speech to be “plagiarism,” however lazy it may be. But, because of the extent to which Mendez has plagiarized over the years, we felt it worth noting that he has re-used old material to testify about new legislation on at least one occasion. In addition, the 2014 committee speech that he recycled in 2015 was partially plagiarized itself, as detailed in the section above about House Bill 2367.

What Mendez Said:Health care in a modern, humane society cannot only be a privilege for those seeking employment in an economy that refuses to hire people. A disregard for the poor is the exact attitude and framing that has delivered us the explosion of child abuse investigations and the removal of children from their homes. Having the vulnerable in need of health care jump through hoops are the exact kind of stressors that can put a low-income family in impossible dilemmas. With no appropriations to expand our current job training programs, these reforms are an attempt to set up our safety net to fail. . . . Just because someone is currently out of work does not mean that they are lazy or unemployable.” (House Children And Family Affairs, Time Stamp: 02:24:45, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/16/15)

What Mendez Repeated:Health care cannot only be a privilege for those seeking employment in an economy that refuses to hire people. The disregard for the poor your vote shows is the exact attitude and framing that has delivered us the explosion of child abuse investigations and removal of children from their homes. Having the vulnerable in need of health care jump through hoops are the exact kind of stressors that can put a low-income family in impossible dilemmas. With no appropriations to expand our current job training programs, these reforms are an attempt to set up our safety net to fail. . . . Just because someone is poor does not mean they are lazy, and health care should not be a privilege.” (House Reform And Human Services, Time Stamp: 01:23:50, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/06/14)

Mendez Plagiarized A PBS Interview:

What Mendez Said:They’re at risk of not getting regular care when they need it. They’re at risk of not catching real problems before they get serious enough to not be treatable. They’re at risk of not getting the best treatment when they actually do get sick. And they’re at tremendous financial risk. They could lose everything that they’ve saved in their lives because of some fairly minor health problem.” (House Children And Family Affairs, Time Stamp: 02:25:58, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/16/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:They’re at risk of not getting regular care when they need it. They’re at risk of not catching real problems before they get serious enough to not be treatable. They’re at risk of not getting the best treatment when they actually do get sick. And they’re at tremendous financial risk. They could lose everything that they’ve saved in their lives because of some even fairly minor health problem.” (“The Uninsured,” PBS, 08/17/00)

SENATE BILL 1047

Mendez Plagiarized The New York Times:

What Mendez Said: “. . . I believe lotteries are the single most insidious way that our state government raises money. Many of the people who buy lottery tickets are not financially well-off, and the odds against winning a big jackpot are astronomically poor, far worse than the odds of a Vegas slot machine. All of this makes the get-rich-quick marketing by our government mean and offensive.” (House Floor Session Part 9 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 19:20, Arizona Capitol Television, 03/25/15)

What Mendez Plagiarized:On the contrary, lotteries may well be the single most insidious way that state governments raise money. Many of the people who buy lottery tickets are poor; lotteries are essentially a form of regressive taxation. The odds against winning a big jackpot are astronomical — far worse than the odds at an Atlantic City slot machine. The get-rich-quick marketing — by government, let’s not forget — is offensive.” (Joe Nocera, “The Bad Luck Of Winning,” New York Times, 12/01/12)

HOUSE BILL 2617

Mendez Plagiarized A Letter From Various Organizations:

What Mendez Said:I stand to express my adamant opposition to HB2617, the Israel boycott divestment bill. This bill, I feel, is time- and money-wasting and a slap in the face to valid human concerns. The boycott and divestment and sanctions movement is a non-violent call from Palestinian civil society to the world. It seeks to promote just peace in Israel and Palestine through non-violent economic pressure. Lots of groups have endorsed the boycott, divestment, and sanctions. Others merely support the democratic right to do so. This bill proposes to restrict the freedom of businesses to make decisions based on their own valid moral and financial concerns. It does so through a time-consuming process that wastes taxpayers’ dollars to create an annual blacklist of companies that endorse the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement. In exempting Israel from legitimate criticism, it explicitly protects Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. While at this point the bill might not affect many Arizona businesses’ contracts since the primary endorsers of the boycott divestment movement have been churches. The Presbyterian Church of America and the Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, among others, and universities. But I still feel like it will have a chilling effect. Anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions bills proposed in other states and at the federal level are attacking free speech and defund institutions that engage in legitimate criticism of U.S. foreign policy. I don’t want to see us do that here. For these reasons, I hope you will think critically and vote ‘no’ on this bill and protect our freedom to exercise our values through economic choices.” (House Floor Session Part 4 — Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 08:46, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/17/16)

What Mendez Plagiarized:We are writing to express our adamant opposition to HB 2617, the Israel Boycott Divestments bill. This bill is an anti-democratic, time and money-wasting, slap in the face to valid human rights concerns. . . . The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is a non-violent call from Palestinian civil society to the world. It seeks to promote a just peace in Israel and Palestine through non-violent, economic pressure. Some of our groups have endorsed BDS, others merely support the democratic right to do so. . . . HB 2617 proposes to restrict the freedom of businesses to make decisions based on their own valid moral and financial concerns. It does so through a time-consuming process that wastes taxpayer dollars to create an annual blacklist of companies that endorse BDS. In exempting Israel from legitimate criticism, it explicitly protects Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories. While at this point this bill might not affect Arizona business contracts, since the primary endorsers of BDS have been churches (the Presbyterian Church-USA, the Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, among others) and universities, it will likely have a chilling effect. Anti-BDS bills proposed in other states and at the federal level attack free speech and defund institutions that engage in legitimate criticism of U.S. foreign policy – we don’t want that in our state. For these reasons, we hope you will think critically and vote NO on HB 2617 and any other anti-BDS bills. Please protect our freedom to exercise our values through our economic choices.” (Letter From 19 Organizations To Unidentified Arizona State Representative Re. Opposition To HB2617, Squarespace, 2016)

SENATE BILL 1431

Mendez Plagiarized The Children’s Action Alliance:

What Mendez Said:While this legislature has been focused on adding more and more accountability measures to public schools for educational outcomes, these vouchers have no accountability measures, no student assessments, no report cards for the educational programs, no teacher evaluations. We are about to expand vouchers not only without any way to make sure these dollars are being spent wisely but we will be enabling a system that subsidizes better-off families while poorer Arizonans are unable to use ESAs because they cannot afford the remaining cost of private school tuition.” (Senate Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2 & 3rd Reading Of Bills, Time Stamp: 04:06:22, Arizona Capitol Television, 04/06/17)

What Mendez Plagiarized:While Arizona has been focused on adding more and more accountability measures to public schools for educational outcomes, these vouchers have NO accountability — no student assessments, no report cards for the educational programs, no teacher evaluations. HB2482 and SB1279 would expand ESA vouchers to every student in Arizona, without any way to make sure those dollars are being spent wisely.” (“Children’s Action Alliance Priority Bills For The 2016 Legislative Session,” Children’s Action Alliance, 02/18/16)

Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Republic:

What Mendez Said: “We are about to expand vouchers not only without any way to make sure these dollars are being spent wisely but we will be enabling a system that subsidizes better-off families while poorer Arizonans are unable to use ESAs because they cannot afford the remaining costs of private school tuition.” (Senate Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2 & 3rd Reading Of Bills, Time Stamp: 04:06:39, Arizona Capitol Television, 04/06/17)

What Mendez Plagiarized:Critics say this creates a system that subsidizes better-off families, while poorer Arizonans are unable to use ESAs because they cannot afford the remaining costs of private-school attendance, including transportation and their share of tuition.” (Rod O’Dell And Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, “State Money Helping Wealthier Arizona Kids Go To Private Schools,” Arizona Republic, 02/23/16)

Mendez Repeated An Arizona State University Report:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mendez opened this paragraph by referencing Arizona State University’s “2016 State of the Latino” report, so we have not characterized this particular excerpt of the speech as “plagiarism.” However — similar to the two examples above (House Bill 2367 and House Bill 2075) when Mendez recycled a committee speech that he had already delivered one year earlier — because of the extent to which he has plagiarized over the years, we felt it worth noting that a significant portion of his Senate Bill 1431 speech (outside of the provably plagiarized excerpts detailed immediately above and below) also was pulled from a third-party source, albeit properly cited.

What Mendez Said:Thirty-three percent of Latino charter school students attend a school with a high percentage — that’s 75 percent or more — of Latino schools compared with 41 percent of Latino district school students. While Latino families choose to move from more segregated district schools to less segregated charter schools, white families are choosing to move from less segregated traditional public schools to more segregated charter schools. And Latinos are also more overrepresented in alternative charter schools.” (Senate Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2 & 3rd Reading Of Bills, Time Stamp: 04:07:35, Arizona Capitol Television, 04/06/17)

What Mendez Repeated:Thirty-three percent of Latino charter school students, attend a school with a high percentage (75 percent or more) of Latino students compared with 41 percent of Latino district school students. . . . These results suggest that, while Latino families choose to move from more segregated district schools to less segregated charter schools, white families choose to move from less segregated traditional public schools to more segregated charter schools. . . . Latino charter school students are overrepresented in alternative charter schools.” (“State Of Latino Arizona,” Arizona State University, 2016)

Mendez Plagiarized Bringing Up Arizona:

What Mendez Said:Using the most recent demographic data available from the U.S. Department of Education civil rights data collection, we can already see one-third of the white enrollment in Mesa Public Schools — 17,500 in all — went missing recently. Tucson Unified School District lost 12,900, more than half of its remaining white enrollment. Paradise Valley Unified District lost 7,700. Washington Elementary District lost 6,600. Kyrene Elementary District lost 5,000. Yes, colleagues, we’re experiencing a population boom, but it’s not innocent or random, and coincidentally for next session I have a separate bill that would allow us to ask how racist a bill would be before we enact it in the same way that we get to ask how expensive a bill would be, but right now with the ESAs it’s pretty easy see you don’t even need a moving van for our evolved version of white flight.” (Senate Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2 & 3rd Reading Of Bills, Time Stamp: 04:08:10, Arizona Capitol Television, 04/06/17)

What Mendez Plagiarized:One-third of the white enrollment of the Mesa Public Schools — 17,500 in all — went missing in the space of a decade. Tucson Unified School District lost 12,900, more than half of its remaining white enrollment. Paradise Valley Unified District lost 7,700, Washington Elementary District 6,600, Kyrene Elementary District 5,000. . . . The reductions occurred within the period from 2000-2001 to 2011-2012 — the most recent year for which demographic data are available from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. . . . When it comes to education, ‘white flight’ no longer requires a moving van.” (“School Choices Expedite White Exodus,” Bringing Up Arizona, 07/17/15)

Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Daily Star:

What Mendez Said: “We can claim to have no control over that except for those of us who trip over themselves with such short notice to strive to satisfy choice for some. ESAs allow students to re-arrange themselves within, across, and entirely outside districts in ways that courts would never have allowed a district to do so.” (Senate Floor Session Part 1 — Committee Of The Whole #2 & 3rd Reading Of Bills, Time Stamp: 04:09:19, Arizona Capitol Television, 04/06/17)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “If their families don’t already reside in an enviable education setting, they aggressively seek one out. They are re-arranging themselves within, across and entirely outside districts in ways that some government agency or the court never would have permitted of TUSD.” (Richard H. Gilman, “Racial Makeup Of Some Districts Leaves Them ‘Segregated,’” Arizona Daily Star, 08/01/15)

SENATE BILL 1525

Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Sonora News Service:

What Mendez Said:Arizona is only one of three states that still fully implements its truth-in-sentencing laws, which require all inmates to serve a minimum of 85 percent of their sentencing. Arizona also ranks at the top of all states for the average length of sentence for non-violent offenses. We’re one of the only states that requires non-violent felons to serve at least 85 percent of their sentencing.” (Senate Floor Session Part 9 — Committee Of The Whole #5, Time Stamp: 00:34:46, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/04/17)

What Mendez Plagiarized:One factor for the projected growth is attributed to Arizona being one of three states fully implementing the ‘Truth in Sentencing Law,’ which requires all inmates serve a minimum of 85 percent of their sentences. Arizona also ranks among the highest in the nation for length of sentences for nonviolent crimes.” (David McGlothlin, “Arizona Tops In Guaranteeing Private Prisons New Customers,” Arizona Sonora News Service, 02/18/16)

SENATE BILL 1493

Mendez Plagiarized The Sierra Club:

What Mendez Said: “Without strong protections and funding in place, we aren’t just setting up ADEQ to fail, we are creating an environment where ADEQ will likely issue weaker permits for large mining operations and big developments just in order to fund the program and, at worse, at loss to our environment … The Clean Water Act has been remarkably successful over the last 40-plus years improving water quality and preventing water pollution, especially here in Arizona. Now is not the time for back-sliding. Now is the time for ensuring strong protections for the future.” (Senate Floor Session Part 2 – Third Reading #1, Time Stamp: 00:25:52, Arizona Capitol Television, 02/20/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “We oppose this because in the name of expediency and to fund its program, the ADEQ will likely issue weaker permits for large mining operations and big developments … The Clean Water Act has been remarkably successful over the last 40-plus years, improving water quality and preventing water pollution, including here in Arizona. Now is not the time for backsliding. Now is the time for ensuring strong protections for the future.” (“Ask Your Senator To Vote No On SB1493 — Protect Our Waters!” Sierra Club, Accessed April 2018)

HOUSE BILL 2509

Mendez Plagiarized The National Park Service:

What Mendez Said:In 1864, the Mormon pioneer HamblinI mean, he was crossing the river ultimately to, he was on a mission to warn the Navajo of northern Arizona in a patronizing way to tell them to stop raiding Utah because it was threatening the Mormon expansion. The lands into which the pioneers wanted to move in were viewed as unsettled territory, pretty much there’s for the taking under the precepts of Manifest Destiny despite the millennia of native occupation.” (Senate Government, Time Stamp: 00:08:48, Arizona Capitol Television, 03/14/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:In March of 1864, Mormon pioneer Jacob Hamblin and his men built a raft at the mouth of the Paria … Hamblin was on a mission to warn the Navajo of northern Arizona to stop making raids into Utah, stealing livestock and threatening Mormon expansion. The lands into which the pioneers wanted to move was viewed as ‘unsettled’ territory, theirs for the taking under the precepts of Manifest Destiny, despite millennia of native occupation.” (“Lees Ferry History,” National Park Service, Updated 11/23/15)

HOUSE BILL 2005

Mendez Plagiarized A Book Published In 1999:

What Mendez Said: “From the history I’ve read and my own experience, our current regulatory model — the Corporation Commissiononly serves to deflect public anger while giving corporate chieftains an official way to protect and rationalize their empires. But this childish attempt to thwart the will of the people also kind of heartens me.” (Senate Government, Time Stamp: 01:33:55, Arizona Capitol Television, 03/14/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:In all cases the regulatory mode deflected public anger while offering the corporate chieftains an official way to protect and rationalize their empires.” (Harvey Wasserman, “The Last Energy War: The Battle Over Deregulation,” Page 21, Seven Stories Press, 1999)

Mendez Plagiarized A (Different) Book Published In 1999:

What Mendez Said: “If I had more time for amendments, I would have introduced another amendment along the lines that, if any corporation caught dumping toxic waste; damaging watersheds; harming employees, customers, and people living near its factories; engaging in price-fixing; defrauding its customers; or keeping vital information secret should automatically have their charter revoked, their assets sold off, and their money funneled into a superfund for their victims.” (Senate Government, Time Stamp: 01:35:28, Arizona Capitol Television, 03/14/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized: “We must rewrite the rules of incorporation in such a way that any company caught repeatedly and willfully dumping toxic wastes; damaging watersheds; violating antipollution laws; harming employees, customers, or the people living near its factories; engaging in price fixing; defrauding its customers; or keeping vital information secret automatically has its charter revoked, its assets sold off and the money funneled into a superfund for its victims.” (Kalle Lasn, “Culture Jam: How To Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge — And Why We Must,” Page 160, HarperCollins, 1999)

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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