D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans is the first candidate to raise $1 million for the April 1 primary election. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The mayoral campaign entered a new phase this month, with incumbent Vincent Gray’s entry into the race and ballot petition circulation now underway. And in terms of finances, the latest campaign finance reports reveal, two candidates stand above the rest: D.C. Council members Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser. Evans becomes the first to raise $1 million, while slower-spending Bowser has roughly $170,000 more in her bank account. Evans’s haul comes courtesy of real-estate interests plus an unlikely $100 donation from neoconservative icon Paul Wolfowitz — who, Evans said, crashed a Palisades fundraiser and liked what he heard. Also in the mix for Evans and Bowser: Bundled corporate donations, which, as WAMU’s Patrick Madden points out, will be banned in D.C. campaigns starting in 2015. More campaign finance roundups from Loose LipsWashingtonian and AP.

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Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr. stands accused of prostituting two young girls (Post)

Does MPD need an outside assessment? (WJLA-TV)

Labor board backs Kenneth Ellerbe, says FEMS doesn’t have to bargain over shift changes (AP)

Tommy Wells kicks off his week living the minimum-wage lifestyle (Loose LipsDCistWAMU-FMWTTG-TV)

“Good for [those] standing up for the sensible policies that have brought much-needed change to the city’s public schools. Shame on those who pandered to the noise.” (Post editorial)

Scholarship bill gets $60 million yearly price tag, passes council education committee (PostDCistAP)

ACLU raises concerns about police use of license-plate readers (WAMU-FM)

D.C. Health Link won’t give updated enrollment numbers (WBJ)

AU campus is locked down after reports of man with gun — who turned out to be an off-duty cop (Post)

Heller lawyers file for summary judgment against D.C. gun registration law (WaTimes)

New school “equity reports” highlight high student turnover in lowest-performing schools (PostWAMU-FM)

Jim Graham explains his skepticism on Reeves Center deal: “Daytime commerce” is a must (Blade)

Providence Hospital nurses vote to organize (DofDWBJ)

Grocery workers have a tentative contract deal (WBJ)

Andy Shallal on why he split with Vince Gray: “I realized he was more concerned with business as usual, and I wanted to go in a new direction” (Post column)

Evans sits on Santa’s lap and gives his Christmas wish: “I want to be mayor!” (Blade)

Meet the well-meaning anonymous street artist that’s tagging bike lanes (City Paper)

Is the city giving ANCs the “great weight” they are legally due? (Housing Complex)

“Voters Love Ballot Questions. Why Doesn’t the D.C. Council?” (Loose Lips)

Metro is dropped from Banneker Ventures lawsuit; Graham remains (WBJ)

Streetcars could run down H Street as soon as tomorrow (WAMU-FMWRC-TVDCist)

Early WMATA planning renews talk about Georgetown Metro station (WRC-TV)

Welcome to post-gay politics (Blade column)

Can crowdfunding help get an indigent senior back in his apartment? (Post)

More reaction to new food truck regulations (Young & Hungry)

What the Tax Revision Commission is still talking about (DCFPI)

Gray administration official Jeff Richardson is new Ward 6 Dems president (Blade)

Green reno planned for aging Southwest apartments (Capital Business)

Does MPD know how to handle a silver alert? (PoPville)

Can nonprofits help extend the DCPS school day? (GGW)

Adrian Fenty joins a board — a nonprofit this time! (news release)

Peter Rosenstein tells D.C. politicians what they can learn from Nelson Mandela (Blade)

Have a look at the new driver’s licenses (PoPville)

Someone continues to vandalize Blade vending boxes (Blade)

Union Kitchen already needs to grow (Elevation DC)

JAWB power-lunchers might not have Chef Geoff around for much longer (WBJ)

H Street Playhouse will become a Crossfit gym (PoPville)

Shadow senator’s law firm slogan: “Better Call Paul” (WUSA-TV)