UP: Statewide smoking ban. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association votes to support Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed ban on smoking in public places. The group opposes an exemption for taverns or bar areas in restaurants. The group says a statewide ban will level the playing field for restaurants.
DOWN: Accenture. The software developer's new state voter registration system, already a year past its federal deadline, will not be ready in time for the April 3 election. State officials now say the earliest the system will be ready is the February 2008 presidential primary. To date, the state Elections Board has paid Accenture nearly $9 million in mostly federal funds for a system that still doesn't work.