WEATHER: Philadelphia, snow and rain, high of 39; Harrisburg, wintry mix to rain, high of 36; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 45.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Sources familiar with the federal investigation into IBEW Local 98 have identified Philadelphia Parking Authority Board Chairman John Ashdale as “PPA Official No. 2” in the indictment – he allegedly bought Councilman Bobby Henon’s opposition to a 2016 audit of the PPA with a gift of more than $3,000 in free windows installed at the home of the councilman’s chief-of-staff, according to the Inquirer.

* Marijuana reform advocates dominated the opening night of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on whether Pennsylvania should join the ranks of states that are legalizing recreational marijuana, the Patriot-News reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney officially launched his reelection bid, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* Tom Marino said a serious health issue forced him to resign from his PA-12 seat in the U.S. House – just days after he began his fifth term, the Daily Item reports.

* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is taking a closer look at Philadelphia’s purchase of new voting machines after Luzerne County’s elections director accepted trips from a vendor that was selected to provide voting equipment, CBS reports.

* Longtime Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee has decided not to run for reelection, citing a lack of desire to do so, WHYY reports.

* The first House hearing on Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal saw Republicans repeatedly criticizing the broader impact of a minimum wage increase, including whether it would mean fewer entry-level jobs, squeeze small businesses or drive up inflation, the AP writes.

* A state law that takes effect in April would lessen the requirements to have someone be mandated to receive outpatient services – it has some mental health advocates concerned, even as others tout it as a way to help people with serious mental illnesses, WHYY writes.

* More than 40 candidates for county and local office are seeking the endorsement of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee in advance of this year’s spring primary, WESA reports.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES!

The Philadelphia Public Record invites the public to meet candidates for races on the May 21 primary ballot as they greet potential constituents and get signatures for their petitions.

The event, which includes award-winning cocktails and light appetizers, will be held at The Trestle Inn, at 11th and Callowhill streets, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 28th. Admission is complimentary for the general public. To reserve your free ticket, click here.

For the full range of sponsorship opportunities and for candidates and consultants interested in participating, contact:

Melissa Barrett, Director of Sales, 215-755-2000, ext.5; mbarrett@phillyrecord.com

Sponsored by Crews, Moseley & Associates

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily Times gets behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to have towns that use the State Police as de facto police departments begin paying their fair share for such protection.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Rep. James Roebuck … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finances will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

6 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at this awards dinner and be presented with the Local Leadership Award to recognize the Administration's commitment to public service and volunteerism. Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.


KICKER: “I want [to] see who the f—’s going to [vote for an audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority]. Because nobody [who does] is going to get a f—ing job out of here or a f—ing penny out of” the agency. – PPA Board Chairman John Ashdale has a clear sense of quid pro quo. From the Inquirer.