RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's tobacco growers are still attracting some big names in politics.
The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina is scheduled to hold its annual meeting Friday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Featured speakers include new Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr — both Republicans.
Tobacco farmers were a potent political force in North Carolina politics for decades, but their power has ebbed with the public's increased concern about health dangers associated with smoking. The General Assembly has passed laws in recent years raising cigarette taxes and banning smoking inside restaurants and bars.