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      Former Assembly speaker considers Senate run

      Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo)
      Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo)
      JANESVILLE (AP) - Former Democratic Wisconsin Assembly speaker turned union lobbyist Mike Sheridan is considering running for an open state Senate seat.Sheridan tells the Janesville Gazette in a story published Friday that he is mulling a run for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen.Sheridan lost his Assembly seat in 2010 after he disclosed he was dating a lobbyist for the payday loan industry around the time he softened his stance on regulating that industry.Sheridan has lobbied for the AFL-CIO since 2012. He tells the newspaper that he is considering a run after Democratic state Rep. Andy Jorgensen decided to seek re-election to the Assembly rather than vie for the Senate seat.Democratic Rep. Janis Ringhand, of Evansville, has announced she is running for the seat.