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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- For the past six months, opinion pieces written in a Raleigh newspaper by a University of North Carolina law professor have included the disclaimer: He doesn't speak for UNC.

The disclaimer was added after Gene Nichol wrote a column in The News & Observer of Raleigh in October that suggested Gov. Pat McCrory's support of new election laws in North Carolina made him a 21st century successor to 1960s-era segregationist governors in the South.

He also called the governor hapless Pat in the piece.

The News & Observer (http://bit.ly/Q3DPbG ) obtained emails that show the disclaimer came after several high ranking university officials began discussing the column and how it might affect funding for UNC in a highly politized atmosphere.

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